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6 golden rules to run your best right now p44

Boost Stamina With A Kebab!

S OShin s Pain lle OAchi trains S f l a C O d! o o G r o f p82

Ways To Cross-Train Smarter


Outrun Old Age p27

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On the cover VOL 23 NO. 10 Cover photography Glen Montgomery

17 Eat This, Lose Fat How oily fish can help if you’re trying to drop a pound or two


HALF THE BATTLE How good gut health helps you on the run

19 Shave 45 Seconds Off Your 5K Four power moves to get you up to the speed you need

27 Outrun Old Age Running protects your DNA

44 Fitter Than Ever Six simple rules to run your best right now

60 Boost Stamina With A Kebab They’re not just for Friday nights when the pubs close

68 The World’s Greatest Race… … That you’ve never heard of: Japan’s Hakone ekiden, the race that stops a nation

76 5 Ways To Cross-Train Smarter Rest from running but stay in top shape with these sessions

78 The Simple, GymFree Strength Plan


FALL AND RISE One man’s amazing story of recovery

Hit the trails and switch to the sand to become a stronger runner, physically and mentally

82 Beat Shin Splints, Achilles Pain and Calf Strains For Good Simple moves to help you build and protect your lower legs

91 Shoe Buyer’s Guide 18 shoes tried and tested

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TIME AND MOTION How new mums fit running into their lives


Regulars 8 Rave Run Kentmere Valley, Lake District, Cumbria

130 I’m A Runner Astronaut Steve Swanson

Warm-Ups 19 Fitness Get ready with the right warm-up, and using feedback to stay strong

SOLE SEARCH RW’s autumn/ winter shoe guide

21 Fuel The joy of jar salads and why going gluten-free might not be the best route to better times

24 Fat-burning How Dominic Dunn’s dad inspired him to lose 10st

29 Injury ITB pain is different for men and women, and looking after your knee

Human Race

43 Tonk Talk

87 Elite Advice

Paul wonders if running from zombies is wise

Jo Pavey outlines the importance of hill running for building speed, and how to keep marathontraining to a minimum

33 Real Runners


Ben Abdelnoor was told he’d never run again. Now he’s an ultra runner

50 Bog Standard Everything you ever wanted to know about portable toilets…

36 What It Takes To... Run 1,000 miles, and preach to the unconverted

38 Inbox


54 No Guts, No Glory Your digestive system can help you go faster… or it can stop you in your tracks

Your views aired

Race 107 The Main Event The Basingstoke Half Marathon

110 Route Recce The Bournemouth Marathon

62 Comeback, Baby 41 Q&A Barefoot-running pioneer Bruce Tulloh on his long and illustrious career

Commentary 42 Murphy’s Lore Sam has words of hope for injured runners everywhere

Make the most of your running during pregnancy and after your baby arrives

113 Race Report The Alf Tupper 10K

114 RW On Tour


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The Valencia Marathon


120 Race Finder

Pro Direct Sports

80 Eat, Run, Slim The secret to shedding pounds is eating the right stuff and running more


Find your perfect event in October

Rat Race Sportsshoes Start Fitness Newcastle, NE1 5JQ Sweatshop Nationwide



LIMBER LIMBS Steering clear of leg injury


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GRILL JOY All hail the healthy kebab!


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RAVE RUN Kentmere Valley, Lake District, Cumbria Ben Knight

Ben Abdelnoor

When Ben Abednoor runs here he always stops to admire the view. ‘It’s important to appreciate what you’ve got,’ he says. And he should know: in 2003 Ben broke his spine in an accident and was told he’d never run again. Read his story on page 31.

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Editor Andy Dixon

Art Director

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Commissioning Editor

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Sam Murphy

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Digital Editor

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Ben Hobson

Georgia Scarr

On holiday in Umbria’s mountains last month I took advantage of being a kilometre above sea level to clock some quality hill training (at 33C, too). Long runs back in Blighty haven’t really seemed such a slog since.

I’m basking in the afterglow of two epic running experiences: Sydney’s jaw-dropping City2Surf and four laps in London’s Olympic stadium in a Nike Milers’ race. Not sure I can top that. Visit

CONTRIBUTORS Adharanand Finn The author spent six months in Japan researching his latest book, The Way of the Runner: A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running. Read his fascinating insight into a unique running culture and the greatest race you’ve never heard of on p68.

Contributing Editor Jo Pavey Contributors Liz Applegate, Caleb Daniloff, Adharanand Finn, Alex Hutchinson, Matthew Kadey, Meghan Kita, Jordan Metzl, Adrian Monti, Samantha Rea, Tee Spiker, Rachel Swaby, Paul Tonkinson Group Publishing Director Alun Williams Sales Director, Hearst Rodale Luke Robins Print and Digital Advertising Director Andrea Sullivan Brand Manager Katherine Kendall Display Sales Executives Zoe Holland, Salper Partalci Production Manager Roger Bilsland Marketing Director Claire Matthews Marketing and Events Executive Jess Howley Group Creative Partnerships Director Talia Jackson Group Creative Solutions Project Manager Victoria Stephen

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Meghan Kita The runner, writer and committed pizza eater took her not-so-serious running into new territory for us when, in search of a marathon PB, she enlisted a professional coach. Read about her experience and the lessons you can take from it on p44.

Group Creative Solutions Acting Project Manager Kathryn Tait Group Creative Solutions Art Director Ben Briley Creative Partnerships Manager Claire Knox Multimedia Designer Aoife Marie Kavanagh

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EDITORIAL Editorial Director, Rodale International/Director of Content, Rights & Photo Operations John Ville Editorial Director, Runner’s World International Veronika Ruff Taylor Senior Content Manager Karl Rozemeyer Production Assistant Denise Weaver Editorial Assistant Natanya Spies Administrative Assistant Shoi Greaves

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Looking back, it seems obvious – tucking into a few slices of the city’s authentic deep pan pizza the night before the Chicago Marathon a few years back wasn’t such a great idea. Sure enough, at mile 16, those doorstop-sized wedges of melted mozzarella and tomato, so delicious at the time, came back to haunt me and demanded an inconvenient convenience stop – which added over a minute to my time. It seemed crazy to have spent months busting a gut to get in shape for a race, only to let an ill-judged food choice on race eve bust my own guts. Runners ask a lot from their digestive systems – we load them with gels and sports drinks while we bounce around on the run, all while blood is directed to our running muscles. And yet, as I found to my cost, having a healthy digestive system can be just as vital as feted metrics such as a high V02 max or good form. On page 54 we look at gut health – how to nurture it and how it affects not just your running but also your immune system, mental health and body weight. One wouldn’t normally associate kebabs with healthy food, but on page 60 we’ve given the dodgy takeaway staple the superfood makeover, with recipes to speed recovery and boost endurance. Finally, for a little light relief (sorry, and here’s why), on page 50 we open the door on portable loos – the objects runners fear and loathe, but couldn’t do without. Then we step away. Andy Dixon, Editor, @RW_ed_Andy

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Words Sam Murphy Photography Levi Brown 1 Obesity Review

SCALE DOWN WITH FISH Many studies have shown the importance of protein intake for weight loss, but a research review1 suggests oily fish is a particularly good source. Scientists found that people who regularly consumed fish lost more body fat (0.49 per cent more) and overall weight (1.3lb more) than fish abstainers. It’s not clear whether these weight-loss benefits are down to omega-3 fatty acids or whether there are other factors, such as the high satiety of fish.


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Poll position

CARIOCA NUMBER At a skipping pace, move to the left for 20m, crossing your right leg first in front and then behind your left leg. Repeat, going the other way

What’s your favourite race distance? 4%


12% Step 2

Step 1

54% OI don’t race O5-10K O10K to half marathon OMarathon O Ultras/multi-day events*


Watch this pace Feedback keeps you in the zone Some coaches warn against becoming too dependent on gadgets, saying they can cause us to lose touch with our inbuilt sense of effort or pace. But a new study1 suggests your favourite gadget could help you hone your ‘feel’. Exercisers were tested on their ability to work at a ‘moderate’ intensity, equal to 70-80 per cent of their maximum heart rate. Then for five weeks, they were given audio feedback on their heart rate during exercise. When they were re-tested, their ability to stay in the appropriate training zone without feedback had improved considerably.

A dynamic warm-up – movements that take your joints through different planes of motion – reduces the risk of injury and now research2 shows it may also enhance your performance. Runners performed dynamic exercises for the hamstrings, quads, calves and glutes before a run at 90 per cent intensity. There was a notable improvement in their time to exhaustion and the distance covered, compared with no warm-up.

Step 3

Run maths

Power base

Squats 4x4 Dead lifts 4x4

Lunge 4x4



Calf raises 4x4



Words Sam Murphy Photography Matt Deal Illustration Lizzy Thomas 1 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2 Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research *RW online poll of 801 runners


2/wk for 6 weeks


45 seconds off 5K time in runners finishing around the 21-min mark.

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WA RM O UPS / FUEL Serves 1 Prep time 10 minutes KCALS



445 *







*All nutritional data is per serving

INGREDIENTS ) 100g unshelled edamame beans (fresh or frozen) (1) ) 100g cooked soba noodles (or gluten-free noodles – Clearspring Buckwheat Soba Wheat-Free Noodles, £3.99 for 200g, ) 1 stick of celery, thinly chopped ) 3 radishes, thinly sliced ) 1 spring onion, thinly sliced ) 3 leaves of Chinese leaf lettuce, finely shredded (2) ) 1 tbsp peanut butter (3) ) 2 tsp soy sauce ) 2 tsp sesame oil ) ½ tsp chilli flakes ) 1 tsp rice wine vinegar ) Water as needed

For a little extra punch, add prawns, chicken or tofu after the beans. You could top the salad with crushed roasted peanuts.


METHOD 1/ Whisk all the dressing ingredients in a bowl with a splash of water until they’re smooth. Pour into the jar.


Words Sam Murphy Recipe and photography,

2/ Layer the noodles on top of the dressing, then add the celery, radishes and beans. 3/ Next, add the spring onions and top with the shredded leaves.

Edamame beans

Chinese leaf

Peanut butter

They are a great plant source of protein, providing the complete set of amino acids. They’re also high in folate and dietary fibre.

From the brassica family, like broccoli, Chinese leaf (Napa cabbage) provides antioxidants called glucosinolates, which fight disease.

At least half the fat in peanuts comes from heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Eating nuts regularly has been linked with weight control.

All the rage in foodie circles, layered jar salads offer a versatile and portable lunch option. This Asian-inspired recipe has crunch and kick and can be prepared the night before. A Kilner or Mason jar with a clip-down lid works best. The secret of a jar salad is the order in which the ingredients go in. Start with the dressing, then put in the bulky and moist ingredients before adding lighter items. The final layer consists of leafy greens and dry, crunchy toppings, such as seeds. Layering keeps everything crisp, too. When you’re ready to eat it, give it a shake and serve. Follow the formula and you can riff on the recipe to your heart’s content. 10/15 RUNNER’S WORLD 021


Try this

Performance smoothie Powerbar, £1.75 for 90g, If you find energy gels a bit sweet and sticky but want something that’s easily digested on the run, this could fit the bill. Made with 70 per cent fruit purée, it has a light texture and an authentic fruity flavour that’s not overly sweet, and there’s a hint of salt. (We tested the apricot peach variety.) It’s not much bigger than a gel and has a screw top, so there’s no need to down it in one. Each sachet provides 118 calories and 28g of carbohydrate.

Words Sam Murphy Photography Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxxx 1 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

NO GRAIN, NO GAIN More and more athletes are choosing gluten-free diets, but a new study1 questions the need to go against the grain. Researchers fed cyclists the same gluten-free meals for two week-long periods, separated by 10 days. But in one of the weeks they were given gluten-free bars as a snack and in the other they ate bars that contained gluten. At the end of each week, they did a 45-minute steady ride and a 15-minute hard effort. There were no significant differences either in performance or gastrointestinal symptoms.

Serving up a plateful of power Protein sources ranked by grams per 100 calories and the amount of muscle-boosting branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) they contain Type of food

OProtein OBCAAs













4.8g 30g 5.1g 19g 3.8g

*per portion

Fab or fad?

Bone broth WHAT IS IT? A meaty broth made by boiling chicken or beef bones – with or without vegetables, herbs and spices for flavour – for many hours to extract their nutrients.









PUT ON A HAPPY FACE Don’t break with bread

WHY TRY IT? Revered by Paleo lovers for its high gelatin and collagen content, it’s

also purported to be great for hair and skin, and good for gut health. WHERE DO I GET IT? A bone broth kiosk has opened in New York. Too far? It’s springing up on menus in the UK, too, but if it hasn’t reached you yet, ask your butcher for some bones and get boiling.

Verdict A homemade stock by any other name would taste just as sweet.

**grams per 100 cal

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FAT-BURNING / WA RM O UPS How I ran it off


The turnaround During a routine procedure, a nurse said I was overweight. I realised this was how others saw me and so I resolved to do something about it. I started some light jogging with my dad and my brother. My dad, who had been a runner, was delighted. His pride in me spurred me on because I hated it at first. There was a half-mile climb to the top of the road and I’d struggle to get there without collapsing. Soon I was running six days a week. Just a mile or so to begin with, but I gradually upped the distance and pace. I knew it was working when my 38in-waist jeans were dropping off me. My dad was – and is – my biggest inspiration. It wasn’t until my first marathon, where both he and my mum watched with tears in their eyes, that I realised just what my achievements meant to him, too. By 2008, I had shed eight stone. It was tough; at one stage I even gave up for about three months. But I reminded myself why I was doing it: I didn’t want to be that overweight person anymore. I did my first race – the Great North Run – in 2011. On the start line I remember thinking, ‘Wow, I’ve come a long way from not being able to jog up the street’. I finished in 1:26.

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Name Dominic Dunn Age 33 Hometown Middlesbrough Weight before 18st Weight lost 8st Weight now 10st

The future I am now in a running club. I figured if I was ever going to improve, it would be with proper coaching. It’s friendly and supportive, and the coaches always go the extra mile. My times have really come down. My half-marathon PB is 1:16 and I did my first sub-3:00 marathon in London last year. Dad was there to see it. He passed away in May after battling prostate cancer for seven years. I miss him terribly. He was not just my father – he was my motivation and my friend. Every time I run I think of Dad. He was so proud to see me lose weight and take up running. Before he died, I told him I would do him proud at Berlin this year. I hope to take a huge chunk off my PB and break the 2:40 barrier. I know he’ll be watching.

Dom’s top tips

You need to fuel your body, but be sensible. Think smaller portions and nutritious foods.

How he lost weight, got fit and ran a sub-3:00 marathon

Set yourself goals. Whether it is a half marathon or your first mile, it’s good to have a target.

Have patience. There’s a saying: ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ It’s true.

Want it enough. You can’t go into your efforts with anything less than 100 per cent commitment.


Words Sam Murphy Photography Andy Parsons Shoes and clothing courtesy of Asics (

I gained weight in my college years. Too much take-out food and too many nights out in the Students’ Union bar. I didn’t feel good about myself. I knew I should lose some weight but I lacked confidence. I was never motivated by exercise. My father and brother were both sporty and I’d look at them and admire what they were capable of, but I never thought I could come close to their abilities.



THE NEW DREAM TEAM Team New Balance Manchester take a break from training to explain how New Balance’s new brand ethos, ‘Always in Beta’, helps to bring out their best ‘Always in Beta’ from New Balance is about constantly pushing yourself and testing your limits. How does this approach shape your training as athletes? Elinor: It’s about doing everything you can to make yourself a better athlete. It’s about trying to do better every day and making sure you’re doing all the little things right, whether that’s in terms of nutrition, recovery or sleep.


As a team who train and live together, does being part of Team New Balance Manchester help you to stay motivated?

Ross: Absolutely. With the

team environment we’ve got there are always other people to consider when it comes to getting out the door and training. Jonny and I go running together, so if one of us decides to have a lie-in, that messes up the day for the other person.


Do you think goal-setting helps all runners, not just professional athletes such as yourselves?

Jonny: Definitely; it gives every run purpose. If you don’t fancy getting out the door but you’ve got a goal at the back of your mind that you’re training for, that’s going to help motivate you. Sitting down and setting goals is a really valuable thing to do.


Do you have an overall recovery routine to help make sure you stay on form?

Ross: People talk about the 20-minute recovery window. We take a protein recovery shake after a hard workout. That’s the first step in recovery for us. Sleep is massively important, too. If you came round to our house at 10.30pm there’d be nothing going on, as we’re all in bed by then!

BETA TEST ‘Beta’ is about pushing your limits and evolving as an athlete. Tackle a 10K with a difference this year at Survival of the Fittest 2015, a tough obstacle race sponsored by New Balance*. Sign up at

Elinor Kirk, Ross Millington, Jonny Mellor, Elle Vernon, and Tom Lancashire make up Team New Balance Manchester, a running team sponsored by New Balance and competing over a variety of distances.


*Official footwear and apparel sponsor of the 2015 Survival of the Fittest series


WA RM O UPS / MIND + HEALTH Instant wisdom

‘Want success more than you fear failure’

OUT OF THE FRAME Get a jump on old age by running

Dr Haley Perlus, sport psychologist

Think happy thoughts Focus on a run’s best bits

Words Sam Murphy Photography Pavel Doniak 1 Brooks Run Happy survey 2015

RUN RINGS AROUND OLD AGE If you want to slow the ageing process, keep running. New research shows that regular endurance exercise preserves telomere length, which is associated with a delayed onset of age-associated diseases and an increased lifespan. Telomeres, protein structures in cells that protect our DNA, shorten as we age, but Italian researchers found that telomere length in experienced middleaged distance runners was significantly longer compared with those of a sedentary control group. And even if you’re new to running, you’ll benefit: research in 2013 found a loss of telomere length could be reversed through changes to diet, lifestyle and activity.


Imagine you had a great long run one morning, but felt intensely thirsty or tired during the last mile. New research from the University of Cambridge suggests your memory will focus on that difficult final stretch when you rate how pleasant or unpleasant the run was; this will lower your opinion of how much you enjoyed it. To prevent this skewed perception, note a couple of positives about any run that turns tough towards the finish. ‘It’s a shame I got that blister, but my pace was spot on and the scenery was fantastic,’ for example. Concentrate on the good stuff and you have every chance of many repeat performances.


ATHLETE’S HEART A condition in which the heart is enlarged and the walls of its chambers are thickened (especially the left ventricle, which pumps out oxygenated blood). It is often associated with a low resting heart rate. These changes are an adaptive response to training and are not seen as dangerous.

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It’s the race that has it all: flats, inclines and obstacles galore, plus mud, water and some serious competition!


ew races pack a punch like Survival of the Fittest. Others have sprung up over the years, but ‘Survival’ is still the original and the best. It’s running, but not as you know it. You’ll certainly recognise the foundations of a 10K race and there’s even a half-marathon distance in Nottingham and Manchester. And for those who want to ease their way into Survival, there’s a 5K night race at London.

But it’s the obstacles that make Survival the legendary race it’s become – and the 25,000 who ‘Survived’ last year will no doubt concur. Head to obstacles to check them out. If the 50 or so obstacles haven’t put you off your stride, now’s the time to select your venue. Choose from Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Manchester or London. Now all that’s left is to sign up. See you at Survival!





Words Sam Murphy Photography Matt Deal Illustration Bryan Christie Design 1 University of Calgary, Canada 2 Journal of Injury Function and Rehabilitation

ON THE ONE BAND… Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is the secondbiggest cause of knee pain in runners, but a new study 1 shows there could be a gender divide when it comes to the cause. Researchers assessed the gait of runners of both sexes with ITBS. ‘Our findings suggest women develop this injury from a hip-down perspective, while men develop it from a footup perspective,’ says lead researcher Dr Reed Ferber.

Injured women displayed more external hip rotation

ITBS causes pain along the outside of the knee in both sexes

Injured men ran with greater medial (inward) ankle rotation BAND AWARENESS The injury starts in different places for men and women




COMPENSATORY MOVEMENT A change in biomechanics to avoid pain in a particular area. This can lead to more problems, so it’s better to address the original source of your pain.

Knee release Minimal experience

To combat pain below the knee, focus your efforts on mobilising the area above the kneecap, says coach Owen Anderson, author of Running Science (Human Kinetics).

Less is more – and less Few runners simply threw off their shoes when the barefoot-running trend struck, but many tried minimal trainers. In a study of 566 runners2, almost a third had tried minimal shoes. While 29 per cent of runners suffered pain or injury (typically to the foot) with the change of footwear, 31 per cent said an injury had improved (most commonly the knee). Further proof that no one style of shoe is perfect for every runner.

1/ Lie on your stomach and place a small firm ball in the area just above your kneecap (the suprapatellar pouch).

2/ Keeping your hips on the floor, slowly flex and extend your knee for 20-30 seconds. Repeat on the other knee, if necessary.

2 times a day

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n 2013, Ben Abdelnoor won the Lakeland 50 trail ultra. He also broke the course record. Such a victory would be sweet for any runner, but Ben had conquered a lot more than 50 tough miles of trails when he stepped on the podium. You could say his journey began 10 years earlier, when doctors told him his running days were over. Ben grew up in Newcastle, in an outdoorsy family who went on holidays to the Lake District. ‘I walked up Skiddaw when I was five or six years old,’ he remembers. And he loved to run. ‘As soon as I was allowed out on my own, I’d go and run on the Town Moor.’ He moved to the Lake District in 2003 and joined a running club for the first time, Ambleside AC. ‘I was having fun racing, coming halfway down the field.’ He packed his running shoes when he flew to New Zealand, in February 2003, to attend his brother’s wedding. ‘I decided to spend some time out there, enjoying the outdoors,’ says Ben, now 35. ‘I moved in with a paragliding instructor and his wife, decorating their house in return for board and lodging and being taught how to fly.’ Ben had more than 50 flights under his belt by the August morning when he took off from a hillside, planning to land on the beach. But a gust of wind caught the wing (canopy), flipping it inside out and tangling it up in the lines. Ben crashed into the hillside at speed and though he landed on his feet, the force travelled up through him, ramming him into the ground and breaking his spine. ‘I recall lying there, the parachute fluttering in the breeze, thinking, “That’s it, I’m paralysed”,’ he says. ‘But then I realised I could still wiggle my toes.’


en was airlifted to a spinal unit in Christchurch. The surgeons inserted screws and brackets above and below the crushed vertebrae and fused them together. ‘They told me to lie on my back and stay off my feet as much as possible,’ he says. ‘It was all they could do at that stage. But being told I shouldn’t expect to run again was probably the darkest moment of my life.’ Unable to fly home, Ben moved in with his brother and his new wife in Auckland. ‘I had crutches to get around, but I spent a lot of time just staring at the ceiling,’ he says. ‘I faced the awful prospect of not going back to the lakes, because I couldn’t even walk, let alone run. There and then, I resolved that I

LONG ROAD Ben’s recovery began in New Zealand

‘Everything hurt: sitting in a car hurt, sitting at the dining table hurt’ would prove the doctors wrong. Not only would I get back to running, but I’d get back stronger.’ Six months later, Ben flew back to the UK and moved in with his parents. ‘It was tough,’ he says. ‘Everything hurt. Sitting in a car hurt, sitting at the dining table hurt and for months I didn’t have the strength to stand up without holding on to something.’ The hospital visits weren’t over, either – the metalwork in Ben’s spine became infected and had to be removed. But he persisted. He had regular physiotherapy and did exercises at home. ‘Little improvements kept me going,’ he says. ‘I wanted to build on each one. I remember cleaning my teeth one day and realising that I could do it without holding on to the basin.’ A year to the day from the accident, Ben put on his running shoes again. ‘It felt weird trying to run after months of protecting my back and being told not to run. It didn’t come naturally. I had to figure out what to do with my arms.’ But he made good progress, even entering a short fell race a couple of months later. However, the moment when Ben knew he’d achieved his goal of ‘coming back stronger’ was still some way off. ‘In 2009, an old friend who was a running coach, Keith Wood, came up to me at the end of a race and said, “You know, you could be really good – in the top three at

the English Fell Running Champs. Have you thought about having some coaching?” I couldn’t quite believe he wasn’t just massaging my ego, but a few months later I took him up on his offer. It was great to have his belief in me.’ A belief, it turned out, that was well founded. In 2011, Ben gained sponsorship from British running brand Inov-8 and earned his first England vest, helping the team to a bronze medal in the World Long Distance Championships in Slovenia. The following year, he won silver in the English Fell Running Championships. Ben then set his sights on the Lakeland 50, one of the UK’s most highly regarded trail ultras. ‘It was something I’d always wanted to do. The route goes past my house, and I’d supported my girlfriend, Britta, in the Lakeland 100 in 2010.’


en trained for the 2013 race – with the course record as his target. ‘I pictured what it would be like to win the race. I ran on sections of the course and at night I’d run through it all in my mind, adding more and more detail,’ he says. He finished in 7:39:26, knocking eight minutes off the previous course record. ‘It left me feeling positive for weeks and made me realise you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it and believe in yourself. I wonder if it hadn’t been for the accident whether I’d have ever pushed myself as hard. Maybe I’d have just remained a mid-pack runner.’ Ben was out for most of 2014 with injury, but, already experienced in the art of patient and slow recovery, he stayed positive and is now back up to full speed. ‘I do feel fortunate. I’ve got a job I enjoy, a lovely part of the world to live in and the opportunity to get out running and biking whenever I want. When I’m out running or walking with Britta and our dog, Rook, we try to make a point of stopping for a moment to look at the view and say to each other, “This is amazing.” It’s important to appreciate what you’ve got.’

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RISE AND SHINE Ben is now running better than ever

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Run 1,000 miles to the light In 2005, Tony and Amanda Kendall’s daughter, Skye, was born with a life-threatening illness. The birth caused Amanda to suffer a massive postpartum haemorrhage – she lost eight pints of blood. Tony spent the next few harrowing weeks visiting his wife and baby in hospital, and while they both made a full recovery, the trauma left Tony battling with depression. ‘I took antidepressants and tried counselling, as well as eating my own weight in pies,’ he says. Then he remembered how much he’d enjoyed exercise as a teenager and decided to try a run. ‘I couldn’t even jog half a mile at first, but I set myself the target of doing a 10K.’ Tony’s running – and his mood – gradually improved. ‘I soon felt good enough to wean myself off antidepressants,’ he says. Eight years after Skye’s birth, Amanda got pregnant again. ‘It took us that long to try,’ says Tony, now 33. But it was not to be. At the 20-week scan, the baby’s heartbeat could not be detected.

‘Our little angel, Nik, had passed away. I felt as if someone had ripped my heart out of my chest.’ Tony feared he would fall back into the pit of depression, but running once more came to the rescue. ‘I knew how much better it made me feel, so I kept at it,’ he says. He had another reason to run, too: a charity called 4Louis, which supports the families of stillborn or neonatal-death babies, gave Tony and Amanda a ‘memory box’ on the day they lost Nik, to help commemorate their baby. ‘It really helped us and I resolved to do some fundraising for them.’ In January, Tony pledged to run 1,000 miles in aid of the charity. ‘I’ve had a couple of setbacks but I’m well on my way and I’ve managed a halfmarathon PB.’ And there’s even better news: Tony and Amanda now have a healthy baby boy, Joshua. ‘It’ll be a challenge to fit in the miles with a new baby, but I know I’ll do it.’

LONG JOURNEY (clockwise from top) Tony at the Great North Run; with son Joshua; and after the Great North 10K


The rules of running

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Preach to the unconverted When the Reverend Mark Gilborson, a Methodist minister, moved to Cranbrook in East Devon he decided to set up a running group to engage with a brand new community. ‘Cranbrook is the first town to be built in Devon since medieval times,’ he says. ‘When we started Cornerstone Runners in 2013 [Cornerstone is the name of the church], 30 houses were occupied; there are now 1,000 households.’ Mark, 48, took up running a few 036 RUNNER’S WORLD 10/15

years ago. ‘I was a terrible long-distance runner, but I found that I could achieve something I thought beyond me just by discipline and practice,’ he says. Through Run England he and wife Sharon trained to be running leaders in order to start the group. It now has a further six leaders and has brought more than 180 runners together – from beginners to veterans. ‘Running is a way of teaching you to have

faith in yourself and see something amazing about yourself,’ says Mark. And the support of others invariably helps you go further or faster.’ There’s no explicit religious element to the group. ‘I marry, baptise and bury people, but the running group is separate from religion,’ he says. ‘There’s no sneaky prayer at the end!’ O cranbrookcommunity cornerstonerunning.html

That’s the quietly electric aura of anticipation that surrounds you the morning of a race, beginning the instant you wake up and lasting till the gun fires at the starting line. It’s a background hum of energy, a tickle almost. Combined with the stillness of the early morning prerace ritual, it’s one of the best feelings you’ll ever experience.

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Mark Gilborson

Learn to love race-day buzz


A ‘charity’ race I entered for £13 said in the small print that just £1 would go to charity. This should be made clearer.


No rules What a relief to read Are we tabby cats trying to emulate cheetahs? (RW, September). In my 33 years of running I’ve never followed the ‘rules’ but sometimes felt guilty about not doing things properly. While I race two or three times a month, I don’t do speedwork or hill reps. I don’t own a foam roller or bother with regular massages, although I do stretch. Perhaps if I had followed all the rules I could have run faster, but maybe I wouldn’t still be running. Every runner is different and we shouldn’t be obsessed with trying to copy elite-runners’ training methods. Carol Douglass, Preston, Lancs

Me time I love running; it gives me a break from the hassle of family life. I used to have other de-stressing routines, like eating chocolate, but the cheapest solution is to put on my trainers

Valerie Nicholls, Upminster, Essex RW says Are some races being uncharitable? IN THE BAG Ray Courtney does his bit

Tidy runner I took up running at the start of the year and love it. But one thing blights the otherwise perfect scene as I trot around the lanes near my house – litter: beer cans, fast-food containers and carrier bags full of rubbish. So I resolved to do something. On my next rest day, I grabbed a couple of bin liners and strolled along my 5km route, picking up the litter. At least there is now a small stretch of Dorset countryside that is now much nicer to look at and run around. Ray Courtney, Dorchester, Dorset

The month in mail




new readers told us they’d learned a lot from their first issue of RW

per cent of letter writers shared how running had helped them shed excess weight

letter pulled us up for saying Ron Hill made his string vest (RW, Sept), saying he bought it at an Army and Navy store

‘Your August issue has inspired me to take on a half marathon and I’ve already started the core routine.’ Guy Smith, Bristol

and head into the countryside. No mother-in-law visits, difficult teenagers or grumpy husband to worry about – just peace, quiet and fresh air. I always get back feeling mentally and physically refreshed, and ready to take on normal life again. Helen Brunton, Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex

exists among runners. Bernard Harkins, Musselburgh, Scotland

Good sports

Close contact

In a recent half marathon in the Shropshire hills, all was going well until the last mile, when I fell. The first thing I was aware of was blood pouring from my head – the second was another runner asking if I was OK. Before long I was surrounded by runners who had stopped to help me. They administered first aid and waited until I was taken to hospital. I only have superficial injuries but what will stay with me is the kindness of those who stopped me. It just goes to show that a great community spirit

In response to the question posed as to whether runners reserve greetings only for other runners (RW, September), in my experience this couldn’t be further from the truth. When I’m putting in the miles for a marathon, many of my long runs take me along country roads where there are no people or pavements. I often share the road with cyclists and we regularly share a greeting and encouraging words. My runs are made more manageable by the contact I get from the cycling fraternity. Kirstie Cook, Bedford

HELPING HANDS Fellow runners tended to Bernard

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BruceTulloh The barefoot-running pioneer on the joy the sport has given him and avoiding injury for 60 years Bruce Tulloh is a stalwart of the British running scene – variously a world-class athlete, coach, race organiser and author. He competed at the Rome Olympics in 1960 and became European 5000m champion in 1962, running barefoot. In 1969, he set a new record for running solo across America, covering 2,876 miles in 64.9 days. At 58, he clocked a 2:47 London Marathon. He also turned to coaching, has written books about running and set up the Safaricom Marathon in Kenya. Tulloh is 80 this month. He’s still running. What has running given you?

Running has shaped the course of my life. It got me my first job at Shell (I had the scientific qualifications, but being an Olympic athlete certainly helped). It gave me a head start, too, with the girl I met at the golf club dance in 1959 – my wife, Sue – we’ve been together ever since. It led me to Kenya, where I started coaching, which has since been a huge part of my life. Most of all, running has given me self-respect. In running, you know that what you have achieved relates directly to your own efforts. What motivates you to run now?

I love running – the feeling of being fit and in control of your body is something that has always stayed with me. Since passing 75, my enthusiasm for long runs has declined, but I still love sprinting on the beach, along the edge of the tide.

a pure sport, and the simpler we keep it, the purer the enjoyment. You once ran across the US. What’s your take on the ultra-running boom?

The increase in ultra running is a function of the increasing levels of wealth and leisure we enjoy. The expansion of running into different areas gives more people a chance of achievement and self-realisation, which is the real value of sport. Any advice for runners seeing their performances decline with age?

It has been said that success is measured by the difference between your goal and your performance. If you don’t adjust your goals as you get older, you’re going to be disappointed. I still time myself over short courses – 600-1,000m on grass or on the beach. Have you been much affected by injuries during your running years?

I once had a bit of loose cartilage in my knee, which was treated with a cortisone injection. And I got a swollen Achilles tendon while doing 45 miles a day across the Arizona desert. Apart from that, I have never been injured. I attribute this to staying between 115 and 125 pounds (8-9st), not doing high mileage – I’ve always believed in staying around 30-40 miles a week, with high-intensity training – and doing a lot of training on grass or sand. Do you still enjoy racing?

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How did you become ‘Barefoot Bruce’

Barefoot running just felt easier and more enjoyable on the beach and grass tracks where I trained. When I tried it at White City in 1959, at the Inter-Counties three miles, I ran a PB. Since then I’ve always run barefoot where conditions allow it – ie, not on the road. I feel that it gives me a five-seconds-a-mile advantage – more on some surfaces. What innovations have made running ‘better’ over the years?

It is nice that we have better material for our T-shirts, and heart-rate monitors, energy drinks and GPS have their specialist uses, but they don’t really add to the enjoyment of running. Running is

I rarely race now, but it’s still fun. My most recent race was the Westminster Mile in May, which I ran with a pulled hamstring. It took me over 11 minutes. Which of your running achievements are you most proud of?

Winning the European Games 5000m in 1962. The stress of competing at international level is enormous. It offers the greatest mental and physical challenge, and it gives me great satisfaction to have overcome that. What’s the single most important life lesson running has taught you?

You can’t win them all, so enjoy your achievement at any level.

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‘Rehab should not feel like penance’ When you’re deep in the black hole of a long-term running injury, it’s hard to believe you’ll ever climb out. Looking up from the darkness you see other runners pass by, laughing in the light, and they no longer feel like kin, but uncaring strangers. A day when you’ll be back among them seems unimaginable. The accoutrements of a runner’s life that you face at every turn – GPS charger, stash of energy gels, mud-encrusted trainers, drawer full of Lycra kit – are a constant reminder of what you are missing and you don’t need the blank pages of your training journal to reflect how empty your days feel. I’ve been there. And I want to dedicate this column to those who still are. I have three things to offer. The first is sympathy. I offer that wholeheartedly, with no strings attached, because sometimes a sympathetic ear is all you want. Not suggestions on how to fix the problem, a miracle-physio’s phone number or well-meaning platitudes. Just, ‘Poor you, this must be so awful for you.’ Next is advice. Not on how to heal your injury, which I can’t help with, but on how to cope with being a runner who can’t run (because you are still a runner, no matter how long ago your last run or race was). Do what you need to do, not what you feel you ‘should’ do. If it makes you happy to help out with marshalling, or cheering on friends at races, that’s great. But if you need to step away from the world 042 RUNNER’S WORLD 10/15

of running, do it. In my darkest period, being among other runners was intolerable and it was the right thing to remove myself and focus on other things – sporting (swimming and cycling) or otherwise (wine and cake). But later I found that coaching a beginners’ group was a great way to reconnect with running and rebuild my confidence. Take time out from your rehab. If you were in training, you would take rest days now and again to recover and recharge. The same holds true for rehab – perhaps even more so, since you’re putting in the hard work without getting the reward of running that makes it feel worthwhile (though it will be, in the end). Rehab should not feel like penance – that sort of mindset creates the unhelpful

Speedy stat

81 The percentage of exercisers that tired more quickly in an endurance test performed following a demanding cognitive task

belief that your injury is a personal failing, yet it’s one I’ve found many physios do unwittingly instil. Talking of physios, be a copilot, not a passenger, on your journey to recovery. Research your condition and keep an open dialogue with your therapist. If their treatment plan isn’t working for you, move on. Malcolm Balk, a fellow coach and runner, has a four-session rule. He says that if you don’t sense you’re making progress (as in, heading in the right direction, not healed) after four appointments with any sports medicine practitioner, look elsewhere. You might have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince(ss). I spent time and money on three different physios and an osteopath before I found someone who helped me make genuine progress with my injury. That’s not to say those others were ‘no good’, but different experts have different experiences, beliefs, strengths and weaknesses. Just because acupuncture/glute exercises/ orthotics worked for one runner, it doesn’t mean they will work for you. Running injuries might manifest themselves the same way in different people, but the causes are many. The final thing I offer is hope. I understand the despair you feel – the fear that ‘This is it.’ But, statistically speaking, it’s very unlikely that you will never run again. One recent study found that 86.6 per cent of injured runners made a full recovery from their injury, though it also highlighted the huge disparity in the length of time it can take to heal – between 51 and 308 days for plantar fasciitis, for example. The philosopher and theologian Tertullian described hope as ‘patience with the lamp lit’. There may be more false starts, more disappointments, more time, more rehab – but the chances are, sooner or later, you will be back. Hang in there. O Sam Murphy tweets @SamMurphyRuns @runnersworlduk



Talk PA U L TO N K I N S O N

‘I don’t want a fight for survival’

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Motivations for running vary from athlete to athlete. While common themes exist – weight loss, stress relief, competition – each runner is a unique strand of this molten, organic community we call running. Who could guess as to the trigger that compelled each of us to don trainers and stride towards a new, better life? But I have yet to meet someone whose primary goal in running was to train for a zombie apocalypse. But there is, as they say, ‘an app for that’. And it’s called Zombies, Run! When I first heard this I assumed it was designed to encourage actual zombies to exercise more. I heard the app’s designer chatting on local radio in the West Midlands, an area teeming with zombies. He said the idea came about as a result of an answer someone gave when a running instructor asked some beginners why they wanted to run. The app plays out (through audio) a zombie apocalypse, thereby transforming what would be ‘just another boring run’ into a ‘thrilling fight for survival’. It begins with the user surviving a crash over a fictional township packed with zombies. You then run to a nearby town to find shelter. Along the way you pick up food, medical kit, weapons and other aids to your survival. Every so often, you’ll be told the zombies are closing in, so running faster is probably a good idea. Each mission is a self-enclosed story lasting 30 minutes, and at the end


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of each you are given your stats on distance and time. Problems. To begin with, the app is based on an unrealistic premise. Whenever I see zombie films the zombies are not merely running, they are sprinting like Usain Bolt, desperate for human flesh. Have you seen 28 Days Later? These guys don’t do steady state. It’s completely anaerobic and impractical for anyone but elites. A spin-off app, Zombie 5K, sounds equally unrealistic. It’s impossible to outrun zombies for more than 80 metres – they’re hyper-focused, determined and thriving on a meat diet. (Though recently, as humans eat fewer carbs and cut back on meat, zombies have been complaining of listlessness, as our blood lacks essential nutrients to keep them sprinting to eat our brains.) On YouTube I watched users enthuse about this ‘fusion of a game with a workout’ and it’s clear it gives pleasure to a lot of people. One fan liked that you can listen to your own playlist on your phone during gaps in the app, ‘so you don’t have to listen to, like, nature or whatever’. How much stimulation does a runner need? You’re already being chased by zombies! You probably know where I’m going with this, so I won’t labour the point. It’s obviously aimed at a younger market and people who don’t like running. To me, a run is an escape from the world of technological stimulation to an

‘If the hill has its own name, then it’s probably a pretty tough hill.’ Marty Stern, running coach

Runner’s hi (n) Acknowledgement one runner gives another while on the move. Often hard to hear, see or believe

‘I like hills because… once you get to the top it’s behind you, and you feel you have conquered something.’ Rob de Castella, former marathon world champion


unfettered primal state. Being immersed in nature is the definition of peace and joy, a gateway to an interior journey that gets better the longer it continues. I don’t want a ‘fight for survival’ – I fancy a three-miler just to unwind. It’s important to remember stuff like this is just a bit of fun, and not get too analytical about what it means and where we are going as a culture when we’re addicted to unsatisfying and hollow stimuli that do nothing to nurture us. I do, however, have an idea for an app for those who find running a tad tedious. It’s called Zombie, Run Runner, Run! You are being chased by someone on the Zombie, Run! app. But they have been caught and have become mindless zombies themselves. You try everything – vaulting fences, sprinting through rivers – but there’s no escape. You find a deserted shed and lock the doors as they repeatedly hurl their bodies against your fragile shelter. It’s no use. You have 20 seconds of life left. You might want to use that time to listen to nature. O Paul Tonkinson is a standup comedian who spends his time running and philosophising

‘Hills are the only beneficial type of resistance training for a runner.’ Arthur Lydiard, running coach

‘Somebody said the first one to the top gets a case of beer.’ Former Olympian Rod Dixon, on climbing Hayes St Hill in the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco

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HARD AT WORK Meghan Kita training near her Pennsylvania home

ead held high, I’m running through the district of Corning, New York, eyes locked on the finish line of the 2014 Wineglass Marathon. The sun is shining but the air is cool – a perfect October day. I pass my mother and my fiancé whooping from the pavement. Mum has a

serving bottle of champagne for my post-race celebration. I’d dreamed of this moment for nearly a year, ever since I hired my coach, Alicia Shay of the Run SMART Project, based in Flagstaff, Arizona. I had run 13 marathons, finishing many within a five-minute window.

I had tried all kinds of plans but I needed help to break through my plateau and qualify for the Boston Marathon, a goal I’d chased for four years. A (fast) colleague told me how a coach helped her take 20 minutes off her PB and nail her required Boston qualifying time. So I phoned a few coaching 10/15 RUNNER’S WORLD 045

ACHES MUST END BEFORE TRAINING CAN BEGIN When I hired Shay, fixing a sore hip that had hampered me on two marathons was top of our list. She and her regular physiotherapist, AJ Gregg of Flagstaff’s High Performance Sport Centre, had me do a strength and flexibility assessment. It included moves such as planks and side planks that left my right hip sore for days. It turns out I was weak and tight in my hips, glutes and core. Many runners have problem in these areas, says Gregg: most of us sit too much, so we don’t get the activity that helps maintain proper movement patterns and our glutes lie mostly dormant. When you run, your glutes should propel you forward. If they stay dormant, your body shifts the work to other muscles that aren’t built for that kind of stress. In my case, this shift caused my right leg to move in a way that wore on my labrum, the 046 RUNNER’S WORLD 10/15

fibrocartilage in my hip joints, and the overuse of the area made my right hip flexor even tighter. Gregg prescribed a strengthtraining and stretching routine that held off the hip problems throughout the rest of my training (see Strength moves for everyone, below right). I finished my goal marathon hurting in a lot of places, but my hip wasn’t one of them.

BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION My previous marathon training plan started at 25 miles per week and ramped up over 13 weeks to a maximum of 48. The low-mileage starting point worked for the kind of runner I was: I liked to follow a training plan, run a race, then take the next few months off running before starting again. But the rapid ramp-up each time I recommenced training would leave me physically drained (I’d often get sick during the taper) and hating running. Due to my extended breaks, neither my musculoskeletal system nor my cardiovascular system was primed to handle even the first week of that plan, says Shay, so I built my training cycle on a shaky

Illustrations Angela Manzati Photography Nathan Perkel

candidates to outline my history, goals and the amount of time I could devote to improving. My fast colleague’s coach works with the Run SMART Project, which is how I found Shay. Via emails, texts and phone calls, she helped me train harder and smarter. When I doubted myself, Shay was there to encourage me. When life got in the way, she was there to rearrange my runs. With her help I maintained high (for me) mileage without getting injured or sacrificing quality workouts. By the end of my training cycle, I felt confident, strong and better prepared than I’d ever been to race 26.2 miles. I learned that the right coach will improve your training experience, enable you to become fitter than you’ve ever been and teach you important lessons about the marathon.

‘Core and hip stability are the biggest things runners can work on for prehab because a lot of injuries come from the hip,’ says physiotherapist AJ Gregg. These moves can help fend off problems and build strength where you need it.



BIG DAY (clockwise from top) waiting for the race to begin; crossing the line; pre-race breakfast; coach Alicia Shay; Kita’s training log; her mother and fiancé (now husband) offer support; looking good at mile 18

foundation. ‘Imagine a stair-step progression,’ she says. ‘You were trying to make this huge box jump instead of walking up the stairs.’ I spent a year training with Shay, first for a spring half and then for the Wineglass Marathon in autumn. Owing to my injury history, she took care to increase my mileage slowly. Over a year, Shay helped me build a base that allowed me to average a little over 40 miles per week in the 16 weeks leading up to the marathon. This preparation, along with my coach’s support, helped even the hardest weeks feel manageable. I never experienced the ‘I’m sick of running’ feeling I had in every previous marathon training cycle and I arrived at the start line healthy.

POWER ISN’T JUST FOR SPRINTERS When I saw a hill-sprint workout on my schedule, I groaned. To me, one of the perks of training for a marathon was avoiding the all-out kind of speedwork that 5K runners have to endure. I emailed Shay to ask about this odd-seeming workout. ‘Most runners have stronger engines compared with the structure needed to support the engine,’ she replied. ‘The goal of hill sprints isn’t necessarily speed but the ability to recruit more muscle fibres as you fatigue in races.’ Another benefit of such workouts is improved form. ‘With any type of hill workout, it becomes very difficult to have sloppy form, so hill sessions can help with form corrections,’ she said. ‘Hill reps are

Name Rupert Jacobs Age 34 Job accountant Hometown London 5K PB prior to coaching, 18:05 5K PB afterwards, 17:12 ‘After four years and more than 60 attempts to crack 18 minutes for 5K, I decided to seek outside help; in March I signed up with Steve Hobbs Coaching. After a detailed consultation about my current training, fitness, goals and motivation we put together a plan to work towards a race in June. Soon after I signed up I started to feel much stronger; I made steady progress and on the big day I was thrilled to run 17:12. I’ve stayed working with Steve and have since recorded PBs over a mile, 3K and 10K, too. Each training day is planned in advance and I have weekly mileage goals to aim for. At the end of each week I complete a running diary and send it to him for feedback. He will then tweak the next week’s plan according to how I’m feeling and what races I am eyeing up. If you’re thinking of hiring a coach, do it; the cost wouldn’t even cover gym membership.’





Lie on your left side, then rise on your left forearm and your left foot to form a line. Hold for 30 secs. Then drop and raise your left hip so it ‘kisses’ the floor five times. Do three sets on each side.

Lie on your left side, knees bent at 90 degrees, with a resistance band around your ankles. With knees apart and pelvis in line, raise and lower your right foot. Do three sets of 8-12 reps on each side.

Stand with legs shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, a band around your ankles. With your right foot, step to the right and follow with your left. Do four sets of eight steps right and eight left.

Lie on your left side, a band just above your knees. With knees at 90 degrees rise up on your left forearm. Open and close your legs from the knees. Do three sets of eight reps on each side.

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a great way to become aware of how you are powering forward.’ And so began a series of workouts that involved 10-20-second uphill sprints, with 90 seconds of complete walking/standing rest – and they delivered on their promise. I started to feel like I was actually drawing power from the glutes I was working so hard to build in the gym, especially at and above half-marathon pace.

VARY YOUR WORKOUTS Doing the same workouts week after week stops challenging both your body and your mind. ‘Doing the same thing makes you stale,’ says Shay. ‘Your body responds to different sorts of stimuli to make different adaptations. Doing different workouts at a variety of paces only serves to enhance your fitness.’ Shay regularly assigned me runs with intervals at threshold pace (slightly faster than halfmarathon pace, meant to improve endurance) and rep pace (roughly mile pace, meant to improve speed and running economy). Some workouts included repetitions based on time, while others were based on distance. Some had me running all reps at a single pace, while others had me changing paces two or three times. I often had to write my workouts on my hand before heading out, to remember them; they challenged me physically and mentally.

NOT ALL LONG RUNS SHOULD BE SLOW Many training plans feature a weekly long, slow run, at one to two minutes slower than goal

Here’s what to ask to make sure a coach is the right match for you

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marathon pace, which is fine only if your main goal is to finish the race. ‘Runners do so much training faster or slower than marathon pace, then try to race at a speed they’re not familiar with,’ says Shay. ‘You shouldn’t step onto the line and think, ‘What’s this pace going to feel like?’” My Sunday runs alternated in style: one weekend I’d do a long, slow run, and the next a long run with segments at marathon pace. I built up to a couple 20-plus-milers that had 12 or 14 of those miles at goal pace. The point of these workouts was to train my body and mind to run at that speed, and to build confidence in my ability to hold it for a whole marathon. ‘Marathon training is not easy, so you should never feel like you’re breezing through it,’ says Shay. ‘If you do, you’re not reaching your potential or training properly.’

AFTERMATH Kita showing her medal and her emotions

DON’T BASE YOUR HAPPINESS ON YOUR FINISHING TIME ‘I tell my athletes that phenomenal performances are a combination of a really good training plan, really good execution and the

WHAT’S YOUR COACHING PHILOSOPHY? ‘Ask about the kinds of workouts and the volume the coach thinks might be right for you,’ says Shay. You’ll get a feel for whether the coach knows their stuff.

UP SKILL Using hill work to build strength

WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS? ‘Make sure your coach is qualified,’ says Martin Yelling, owner of Yelling Performance ( It may be a Run Leader qualification (, or a Coach in Running Fitness Cert from British Athletics.

HOW MANY RUNNERS LIKE ME HAVE YOU COACHED? ‘It’s helpful to have a coach with experience in your chosen distance, and who has trained runners of your age, gender and ability level,’ says Hamilton.



Name Melissa Fehr Age 36 Job Product manager Hometown London Marathon PB before coaching, 3:48 PB afterwards, 3:30 ‘In 2013 I was a heel-striking runner with a marathon PB of 3:48. With the help of my coach, Barbara Brunner at Energy Lab, we spent the entire year addressing my form issues, breaking down my style and making my running much more efficient. This included a switch to a midfoot strike and minimalist shoes. The result was that in 2014 I ran the London Marathon in 3:30 – taking nearly 20 minutes off my PB – and I’ve cut times from my 10K and half-marathon PBs, too (from 50:27 to 43:36 and 1:47 to 1:36, respectively). Barbara was also able to work with my complex medical history (I had a bone marrow transplant in 2009 and have a repressed immune system) and she also trained me for my first international competition: I competed in the 1500m, 800m, 400m and 5K road race at the World Transplant Games in Argentina last month.’

HOW MUCH INTERACTION WILL WE HAVE? ‘If you’re looking for someone you can call or text multiple times each week, but the coach is expecting to exchange emails a few times per month, you’re not compatible,’ says Shay.



‘Check that your coach isn’t sitting at a computer sending out the same plan to each of their clients,’ says Yelling. ‘Yours should reflect the conversations you’ve had about where, when and how you like to run.’

‘Ideally, you’ll hire someone who also has a working knowledge of sports nutrition, psychology, appropriate health behaviours and other aspects of athlete care,’ says Yelling.

alignment of the planets,’ says Janet Hamilton, an exercise physiologist who provides online coaching via The reality of the marathon is that you will be training hard for at least a few months for an event that takes place on a single day. It is unlikely that everything will come together perfectly. It might be windy, for example. You might have a cold. It might be windy and you might have a cold. ‘Rigid expectations aren’t helpful,’ says sports psychologist Cindra Kamphoff. ‘Let’s say my goal is to run a 3:30, and I might believe that I can because I’ve had a coach. But then I get in the race and things aren’t happening for me that day.’ The race can go wrong mentally long before it goes wrong physically, she says, and even a PB can feel like a failure if it’s not the time you’d obsessed about. I know this is true because it’s exactly happened to me at the Wineglass Marathon. At the finish line, instead of drenching myself in that bubbly I was covered in snot and tears: exhausted, crampy and, despite managing both a PB and a Boston Qualifying time by seven seconds (I clocked 3:34:53), upset at not achieving the sub-3:30 I’d had my heart set on. I vowed there and then never to run another marathon. A few months after Wineglass, I meet Shay in person and we talk about what I should do next. ‘You need to choose a goal that inspires you,’ she says. That seems obvious, but it makes me realise something very important: I’d been so focused on qualifying for the Boston Marathon for the past few years that I never stopped to consider whether the pursuit was making me happy. And it wasn’t. Because I’m not a runner who loves every moment of marathon training I’ll never be one to say, ‘Well, I didn’t nail the time I wanted, but the journey that got me to race day was so worth it.’ For me, the race itself has to be worth it. From now on, I’m skipping ’fast’ marathons – which are only fast if it’s cool and you’re healthy and you get some sleep the night before – and entering ones that advance my new goal of running a 26.2 in every US state. To me, the journey of marathon training is worth it if it literally takes me to a place I’ve never been before. I may never have realised that without Shay’s help. 10/15 RUNNER’S WORLD 049

Runners have a complicated relationship

We lift the lid on portable loos, those malodorous cubicles that runners are, nonetheless, always relieved to see

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with portable toilets. We’re happy to see them before, during and after a race (especially when we’ve been downing liquids and glucose), though the time we spend in their odoriferous confines can yield some memorable (not in a good way) moments. However, rather than turning up your nose at them, we suggest cutting the portable toilet some slack. Everything from the mysterious blue liquid to the height of the drop to the placement of the urinal has been calibrated to make the best of a fairly crappy situation. In short, there’s a lot more to these things than we thought.



Porta peeve ‘Don’t wipe your hands on toilet paper and then drop it on the floor. Is it too much to ask that you place it in the same big hole you just used?’

Kerry McCarthy, RW commissioning editor

Workers run a hose from a truck that sucks waste from the abyss. If the toilet is staying, it’s cleaned and refilled with the blue stuff/precharge. Trucks can carry up to 5,600

litres of waste and 1,900 litres of precharge or fresh water (precharge mix is added once water is in). If the unit is leaving, it’s pumped out, put on a truck, and pressure-washed.

‘I wish the latch were at the bottom of the door so it could be opened and locked with your foot instead of your hands.’ Lindsay Bender

A race’s budget often determines the quantity and quality of toilet paper, which costs about 15-30p per roll. How much each unit needs depends on the breakdown of men vs women – more women means more paper – and the type of event. The industry standard is two to four


Mililitres in the average deposit

Typical capacity, in litres, of the tank

Percentage of a full toilet made up of urine

single-ply 1,000-sheet rolls per stall. ‘The number of rolls doesn’t matter nearly as much as what they are,’ says Ron Inman, vice president of Honey Bucket, the company that services the Hood to Coast relay in Portland, Oregon. ‘You can get rolls with 500 sheets or 1,500 sheets. Our rolls are 1,500 sheets, single-ply.’

Porta peeve ‘Why are there not monitors to help form queues and manage the crowds? And keep spectators out of the runners’ lines?’

Nancy Caviness

Number of uses a toilet can (safely) handle

She-wees at the start of the London Marathon

‘Portable toilets will easily last 10 years,’ says Steve Brinton, vice president of sales and marketing at Satellite Industries, a portable-toilet manufacturer. ‘There are toilets more than 30 years old.’ The secret of their durability is high-density polyethylene. The plastic is ‘relatively pliable’, he says, a key quality when you’re continually hauling the frames on and off trucks. ‘You want toilets that will absorb impact so they won’t crack and leak – a problem with a lot of the old fibre-glass tanks.’

Portable loos along the London Marathon course

‘There should be a big digital timer on the outside of portable toilets to track how long someone has been in there and (hopefully) pressure them to hurry it up.’

Robert Reese

(Not that one. We know what that one is. The other one…) Manufacturers deploy several methods of distracting your olfactory senses, including hiding deodorising disks behind hand sanitisers and adding scents to the tank. Cherry and bubble gum are among the aromas used. ‘In part, it’s because they can be easily produced in-house, unlike many fragrances, and they’re particularly good at masking odors,’ says Dean Carstens, deodorisers general manager at Satellite Industries. Mind you, unless you’re the first person to use a portable loo on race day, you may not be aware of the manufacturer’s efforts to keep things fragrant. 10/15 RUNNER’S WORLD 051


THE BLUE STUFF (or ‘Precharge’) BY T H E N U MB ERS

‘There should be an express queue – runners who pee fast need their own section. And some races that start in the dark need lamps in the loos.’

Bart Yasso, RW chief running officer

‘There’s one toilet per 60 people at a concert,’ says Brinton, ‘but at a race it’s one for every 10 people because of the way they’re used.’ What that means is that an awful lot of well-hydrated runners create heavy traffic over a condensed time period. In fact, after an informal study of race

participants, Ron Crosier, president of Crosiers Sanitary Service, found that 80 per cent use the loo in the hour before the start. Companies such as Crosiers do provide recommendations, but the race director’s budget guides the quantity and quality of the selection.


Porta peeve Average time it takes a runner to get in and out

Suppliers’ suggested max length of queue in mins

‘Guys: please, don’t splatter the toilet seat. Come on.’

Mark Remy, RW writer Average time it takes a male non-runner

Average time it takes a female non-runner

Punny providers

These five companies service events with a sense of humour

A Royal Drop Zone Flush, West Portable Sussex Service, US

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Mr Party Pooper, US

Karzees, Essex

Sweet Pea Toilets, Surrey

A survey by Brinton showed that users prefer to hover. In fact, 95 per cent of women and 93 per cent of men won’t make contact with the seat. Since maintaining a successful, steady squat (especially with trembling quads) over those things is to ask too much, it’s no wonder things get

messy. So why not just put a normal toilet over the tank to encourage better aim? Because making room for ergonomic porcelain would shrink the tank and lower its capacity. ‘All that waste has to be contained within a 44-by-48-inch footprint,’ says Brinton. ‘So you need more tank than seat.’ @runnersworlduk

placement A The of toilets is up to the race director. Sometimes, space constraints mean a line of portable toilets – as opposed to the U-shape, which lets runners choose from more at a time – is the only option. In that case, banks of 10 toilets should be separated by a 20-foot gap to limit chaos. One queue per bank, rather than per unit,

is ideal. By promoting one queue with signage or tape, one out-of-service toilet won’t stop the traffic. But the U-shape is the way to go. ‘There’s something aesthetically pleasing about them,’ says Crosier. ‘You have a courtyard that’s surrounded by doors, so when you’re walking in, you can see very quickly which unit is open.’

We asked runners on Facebook for their unforgettable portable loo stories

‘I was queuing for a portable loo when the ‘friends’ of a man already using one turned it upside down after jamming the door shut. The guy who emerged was not one you wanted to be near.’


Paul Sparks

‘When I was seven, I got locked in a portable toilet for about 50 minutes. I couldn’t figure out how to unlock it. My mum finally talked me through it.’

Kit Fox

‘My running buddy came out of the bog and made a comment about how it was nice that they had a place for you to put your hat, gloves, etc, while you peed. I had to inform him that the ‘holder’ was a urinal!’

Porta peeve ‘Midway during one race I really had to pee. I ran into one of the loos and started – and got splashed. Who closes the lid on a portable loo?’

Bill Pritchett

A+ AMENITIES Five innovations we’d love to see

Words Rachel Swaby Photography David Arky, Getty Illustrations Mark Matcho

Laura Doot Fish Flush systems Already available. That blue liquid just doesn’t do enough.

Foam hand sanitiser To decontaminate after you’ve opened the toilet door.

Handwash stations Foot-operated. These are not new, but they are rare.

Luxury bathroom trailer With air conditioning and music: the ultimate sitting experience.

Porta peeve ‘Lock the door. I’ve seen more than one barebottomed bloke who just didn’t bother to slide the bar over.’ Meghan Loftus, RW senior editor

‘An extractor fan. If you get rid of that smell, you’ve easily made that thing at least a 1.5 star rating on TripAdvisor.’

Dan Fuehrer

‘At one event, the chemicals were so strong. I coughed so bad I threw up before the race started.’

Melissa Ann Miano


Car keys House keys Gym keys Inhalers Earphones Socks Sunglasses Timing chips Water bottles

‘I went to an event that had two full days of racing and some 500-plus runners, but there were only three portable loos. They did not empty any of them out. I never knew two days of prerace jitters could crest like that. Some things just can’t be unseen.’

Dan Fuehrer

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NO GUTS NO GLORY If you’re looking to improve your running, go deep – a tune-up for your digestive system could boost your performance and your health

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A second brain What’s more, taking care of your gut for the sake of your running may also have a knock-on beneficial effect on your overall wellbeing. The health of your gut microbiome (the population of microbes in your digestive tract) has been shown to influence the immune system, neural function, mental health and body weight. One study, published in the Journal of Proteome Research, suggested a lack of bacteria in the large intestine could cause obesity by slowing down the activity of ‘brown’ fat, which protects against weight gain. In fact, so great is the gut’s influence that it’s been called the ‘second brain’. This second brain is composed of tens of trillions of microbes from more than 1,000 different species or strains. But, says Professor Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London and author of The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat (W&N), every individual’s microbiome is as unique as a fingerprint. ‘That’s one of the reasons why people don’t respond the same way to different diets or exercise regimes,’ he says. But the good news from emerging research is that exercise appears

Approximate weight in kg of the gut microbiome

to have a positive effect on the gut microbiome. ‘Evidence from rat studies is strongly suggestive that running alters microbe composition to favour chemicals called short chain fatty acids [SCFAs],’ says Spector. ‘These strengthen immunity, dampen inflammation and prevent leaky gut, in which microbes and toxins cross between the gut and the blood. There is sparse human data, but twin studies show a good correlation between regular exercise and a healthy microbiome.’ One of the main definitions of ‘healthier’ when it comes to gut microbes is ‘diverse’. ‘The more species you have, the more vitamins and metabolites they are producing,’ says Spector. ‘While many vitamins come from the food we eat, our gut microbes also produce them.’ And studies have shown that gut microbes, in particular, aid the production of vitamin K and the B vitamins. It’s one of the reasons Spector is sceptical about the current trend for eliminating food groups – such as wheat or dairy – to solve dietary issues. ‘The less varied the diet, the more it reduces diversity in the gut microbiome – in the long term you’re going to pay a price,’ he says. Infant studies have shown that the less diverse the

Words Sam Murphy Photography Agata Pec Styling Emma Ritchie Calder

t’s the day of your big race. You’ve done the training and you’re toeing the line injury-free. Things go well for the first few miles, but then the rumblings begin. Your stomach begins to gurgle, bloat and cramp. You try hard to run through it, but there’s no escape – you’re forced to divert to a portable loo, or to stop by the side of the road. It happens to the best. Paula Radcliffe was caught short at the London Marathon in 2005 and similar emergencies have taken down runners before and since. ‘There is evidence to suggest that the incidence of gastrointestinal distress is higher among runners than in athletes from sports with less mechanical trauma, such as cycling or swimming,’ says Nathan Lewis, senior performance nutritionist at the English Institute of Sport. In one study, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, 45 per cent of runners reported suffering from gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, such as cramping, bloating, reflux, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. It’s little wonder. Aside from the jarring action of running, oxygenated blood flow to the gut is reduced by as much as 80 per cent, as it’s diverted to the working muscles and skin for heat dissipation. ‘This can result in an inadequate supply of oxygen and nutrients to the gut mucosa – the innermost layer of the gastrointestinal tract – which

can cause pain and significant gut-related problems,’ explains Lewis. ‘For example, increased permeability of the gut barrier, allowing bacterial components into the bloodstream, where they invoke an inflammatory response.’ This manifests itself in classic GI symptoms, including nausea, tummy ache, cramps and urgency. Such symptoms can ruin your race as surely as a twisted ankle will. But is gut distress simply an inevitable hazard of our sport? Not necessarily. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, there are plenty of strategies to try to help you get to the bottom of the problem (pun intended).


microbiome at three months, the more likely the chances of developing food allergies later on.

Eat and run But that doesn’t mean you can’t make changes to your diet to reduce your chances of suffering from GI symptoms when training and racing. Lewis has worked with diarrhoea-prone elite athletes and says dietary alterations in the 48 hours before a race can solve the problem. ‘I recommend temporarily removing high-fibre foods, like vegetables, pulses, nuts and beans, from the diet. Stick to easy-to-digest foods, basing meals around white rice, potatoes without the skins, or porridge oats in the morning. This leaves you with little fibrous bulk in the large bowel by race morning.’ That said, there is wide variation in the foods that, consumed too close to physical exertion, cause a gut reaction. ‘Dairy isn’t great for some athletes because the proteins it contains can clot in the stomach,’ says Lewis. ‘And, anecdotally, some people report improvements in symptoms when they avoid gluten.’ As these issues vary so much from person to person, keeping a detailed food and symptom diary can be

Percentage of the immune system’s cells that live in the intestinal tract

helpful in identifying your personal triggers. You can download one free of charge from the World Gastroenterology website ( ‘If you identify a potential food or type of food, I’d advise cutting portion size initially – this can make a huge difference,’ says Lewis. ‘Perhaps you can’t tolerate a pile of lentils but you’re fine with a small helping.’ Timing is also important. ‘For those prone to diarrhoea, I would recommend eating four hours before a race, opting for something low in fat and free of fibre,’ says Lewis. ‘But you need to experiment to see what works for you.’ For training sessions of under an hour, avoiding food altogether beforehand might be the solution. ‘Eating itself increases peristalsis [contractions that move food] in the gut,’ says Lewis. ‘As long as you have a decent-sized meal the evening before, you’ll have enough

fuel for training of this duration. And just swilling the mouth with a carb drink has been shown to have a positive effect on performance.’ Hydration is also an important factor in avoiding or reducing GI symptoms. ‘Getting your fluid status right is essential,’ says Lewis. Exercising in a hypo-hydrated state (under-hydrated, though not necessarily dehydrated) affects the rate at which the stomach empties, which could trigger problems. It’s best to avoid starting exercise in a dehydrated state rather than attempting to down lots of fluid on the run. An excessive volume of fluid, along with the air you take in while drinking, has been shown to increase stomach discomfort. It’s also a good idea to look at your fuelling strategy. ‘Have you used the same carb drink or gel in training that you’re going to use in racing?’ says Lewis. ‘Do you take caffeine before or during races for

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performance benefits that you have not been using in training?’ Many sports nutrition products – especially gels – now contain a mix of glucose and fructose. Since these two sugars have different ‘transporters’ into the bloodstream, this enables you to maximise your carb intake on the run. However, says Lewis, too much fructose can cause diarrhoea because it draws water into the gut. Research has shown that the benefit of dual or multi-source carbs only overtakes simple glucose or maltodextrin when you’re consuming more than 60g of carb per hour. So, if you’re taking in less than this, there’s no need to use a product that contains fructose and risk upsetting your stomach. Be mindful of what you drink in the hours prior to running, too: a large glass of fructose-rich apple juice or a fruit smoothie could cause GI problems on the run.

Go pro One much-touted measure for improved gut health is to increase your intake of probiotics, either through supplementation or diet. Probiotics are microorganisms that benefit human health, and they can help to restore a healthy microbiome that’s been thrown off by illness, medication (especially antibiotics), foreign travel, stress or poor diet. Studies have shown that probiotics can improve intestinal barrier integrity in those suffering from acute illness, reducing GI symptoms such as cramps, bloating and diarrhoea, but this hasn’t been shown specifically in exercisers. Still, The English Institute of Sport is recommending that Team GB athletes take probiotics, based on a growing body of research backing up their beneficial effect on the athletes’ health. For example, an Australian study found that fatigue-prone athletes were lacking in interferon, a protein that helps regulate the immune system. They were given probiotics daily for a month and the deficit was corrected. And research published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found a reduction in upper respiratory tract infections and post-marathon GI symptoms with probiotic use. While there is no direct evidence in humans of a physical performance benefit, a recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 058 RUNNER’S WORLD 10/15

Percentage of the ‘happy’ hormone serotonin produced in the gut

found that mice stripped of their gut bacteria performed worse in a swimming-endurance task than those with a healthy gut microbiome. Spector, however, believes more evidence is needed before recommending ‘blanket use’ of probiotic supplements, instead recommending that people look to dietary probiotic sources. ‘I’d rather people ate a natural yoghurt,’ he says. Other foods that are high in probiotics include fermented foods such as kimchi, miso, kefir and sauerkraut. Spector also points out that probiotic supplements aren’t all created equal and there is little regulation regarding what they should contain, or whether they even contain what they say they do. ‘You need a product that contains a minimum of five billion bacteria [per capsule] to ensure enough reaches your colon,’ he says. ‘Check the label. You also want a range of species – many products only contain a couple of strains of bacteria.’ (See Tummy Tamers, right.) Also, be aware that the benefits of taking probiotics last only as long as you continue to take them. ‘They are like tourists,’ says Spector. ‘They only benefit the health of the local economy for the fortnight they are there.’ So it’s key that you keep your intake consistent if you want to reap the benefits. Other foods that sustain useful microbes in the gut include those rich in polyphenols, such as olive oil, nuts and seeds, green tea, coffee and dark chocolate. Polyphenols encourage some microbes, such



Monkey MX Digestive Enzymes £16.50, Some people have more digestive enzymes than others, and levels dwindle as we age, says Dr Fegerl. Monkey MX boosts your existing supply, optimising the breakdown of food components, including gluten.

as lactobacilli, to flourish and also prevent unwanted microbes from colonising the guts. The importance of prebiotics is also becoming increasingly apparent. ‘Prebiotics are like fertilisers for your gut microbes, encouraging the good species to grow,’ explains Spector. They can’t be digested in the upper part of the digestive tract so they reach the colon, where they are ‘digested’ by the microbiome. Prebiotics come in the form of starches in the diet, including oligosaccharides, oligofructose and inulin. ‘There’s evidence that a high-prebiotic diet can improve the health of the microbiome,’ says Spector. However, they can also cause gas and bloating. ‘This is why portion size is so crucial,’ says Lewis. ‘Many people can tolerate small amounts of prebiotic-rich foods, but will

BioCare FOS powder £7.49, Prebiotic foods are found in many fruit and veg, but if you are avoiding certain foods or need to increase your fibre intake, this prebiotic supplement, which is derived from chicory, could be helpful.

HealthSpan Highstrength Probiotic £15.95 for a twomonth supply, This is recommended by The English Institute of Sport. It has 20 billion bacteria from five strains, including B. Lactis, which has been shown to ease IBS symptoms.

experience significant bloating, wind or diarrhoea if they go beyond a certain quantity.’ Many of the key prebiotic foods are the same ones that IBS [Irritable Bowel Syndrome] sufferers following the low-‘FODMAP’ diet are told to avoid. FODMAP stands for Fermentable, Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides and Polyols – some of the ‘culprit’ foods are wheat, garlic, dried fruit, kidney beans, milk, cabbage, onions, apples and cherries. ‘Athletes with a history of IBS may benefit from trying the lowFODMAP diet, with assistance from a health professional,’ says Lewis. ‘Reducing the exposure of the gut to certain fermentable carbs (fructo-oligosaccharides and galacto-oligosaccharides) could resolve their symptoms altogether.’ But Spector points out that it could be just one or two specific foods from the FODMAP family causing the problem. ‘Runners with IBS need to experiment to see which foods give them problems and which are fine,’ he says. ‘The longterm goal is maximum diversity and sufficient fibre.’ Dr Sepp Fegerl, medical director at Viva Mayr (, a clinic specialising in digestive health, believes that it’s not just what we eat, but also how we eat that can affect our gut happiness. ‘Digestion begins in the mouth,’ he says. ‘That’s why chewing your food properly is so essential. The action of chewing, combined with the liquid and enzymes contained

in saliva, breaks the food down, giving the maximum number of nerve endings in the tongue information to send to the brain about what the food is. The more liquid and the longer in the mouth, the more detailed the information sent to the intestinal organs on how to respond. This leads to optimal digestion and absorption of the nutrients.’ Fegerl recommends chewing every mouthful 30-40 times. This also slows down the rate at which you eat. At Viva Mayr, the guests are encouraged to eat alone, without distractions. ‘We recommend not drinking anything with your meals, but especially no iced or carbonated drinks,’ says Fegerl. ‘Also, avoid drinking half an hour before eating and an hour after. Fluid dilutes digestive liquids and affects transit time, leading to reduced absorption of nutrients.’

Take your time

Kings College London is working with the American Gut Project to learn more about how microbial diversity affects health. You can help by taking a test to see what’s living in your gut. Visit

If you feel as if you’ve tried everything and aren’t getting any relief from your gut discomfort, it’s worth getting a check-up to rule out any serious problems within your digestive tract. Lewis says you could then consider trying the FODMAP diet, or an elimination diet, in which you strip the diet right back, wait for symptoms to disappear and then reintroduce suspect foods one by one to see if you get a reaction. But he cautions against doing this alone. ‘Work with a dietitian or nutritionist or you risk an unbalanced diet that could cause your performance – and health – to suffer,’ he says. ‘For example, eliminating dairy can be a big risk for endurance athletes – potentially compromising their calcium intake and bone health.’ Also, take comfort from the fact that, when it comes to runningrelated gut health, time is a great healer. ‘GI symptoms tend to lessen over time,’ says Lewis. Novice runners tend to suffer more than experienced runners, and younger runners more than older runners.’ Spector’s final piece of advice is something that we runners are frequently encouraged to do: ‘Listen to your body,’ he says. ‘Experiment, but aim for diversity and eat ‘real’ food wherever possible.’ It’s a simple message to take away, but for both your running and your all-round health, it’s a recipe for success. 10/15 RUNNER’S WORLD 059

Pork souvlaki

If you want to add more sauce after cooking, keep some separate so it’s not contaminated with raw meat.

The kebab becomes a superfood with these five creations from nutritionist Matthew Kadey, all tailored to provide the nutrients every runner needs

TO PREPARE Thread the main ingredients onto skewers. Whisk together the sauce ingredients and brush half of the mixture onto the kebabs 15 minutes before grilling. Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Cook the kebabs, turning once (see recipes for exact grilling time). Brush on the remaining sauce halfway through cooking. Top with garnish. All recipes serve four.

Souvlaki are usually made with pork, and the fillet (or tenderloin) is a particularly lean cut. Pork is rich in protein, which will help speed your recovery after a tough run. Peppadew peppers (£3.19 for 350g, add a sweet-spicy kick, and fennel lends a distinctive aniseed flavour and plenty of crunch. Grill time 10 minutes 060 RUNNER’S WORLD 10/15

SKEWERS ) 450g pork fillet, cut into 2½cm pieces ) 125g Peppadew peppers ) 1 fennel bulb, cut into 2½cm chunks SAUCE ) 3 tbsp olive oil ) Juice of ½ a lemon ) 1 tsp dried oregano ) ½ tsp smoked paprika ) ¼ tsp salt GARNISH ) Tzatziki

Smoky maple chicken Photograph Matt Rainey

Pork souvlaki

Grilled cheese



Smoky maple chicken

Pesto steak

Chicken thighs provide muscle-repairing protein. Chipotle pepper contains capsaicin, a compound that may help curb overeating. Grill time 10 minutes

Sirloin, a lean cut, is high in iron, vital for top performance. The anti-inflammatory powers of olive oil (a main ingredient of pesto) help soothe post-run inflammation. Grill time 8 minutes

SKEWERS ) 450g boneless chicken thighs, cut into 2½cm pieces ) 2 courgettes, cut into 2½cm-thick slices ) 2 peppers, cut into 2½cm chunks

SKEWERS ) 450g sirloin steak, cut into 2½cm cubes ) 225g crimini mushrooms, stems removed ) 8 shallots, halved lengthwise

SAUCE ) 3 tbsp maple syrup ) 1 tbsp cider vinegar ) 1 tbsp tomato paste ) 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (£1.65 for 90g,, minced ) ½ tsp garlic powder ) ¼ tsp salt ) ½ tsp cumin

SAUCE ) 2 tbsp pesto ) 1 tbsp horseradish ) Juice of ½ lemon ) 2 tsp olive oil

GARNISH ) Chopped chives

Grilled cheese

Teriyaki scallop

Lower in fat than many cheeses, halloumi stays firm when grilled. It’s also rich in protein and provides bone-building calcium. Za’atar is a spice-and-herb blend common in Middle Eastern cooking. Grill time 8 minutes SKEWERS ) 280g halloumi cheese, cut into 2cm cubes ) 150g cherry tomatoes ) 1 aubergine, cut into 2½cm chunks ) 1 red onion, cut into 2cm chunks

For quick midweek meals, assemble kebabs a day ahead. Oil the grill surface to prevent sticking.

Pesto steak

GARNISH ) Chopped basil

Teriyaki scallop Succulent scallops are low in fat and high in protein. Avocado is rich in heart-healthy fats (and yes, you can grill it), while pineapple is packed with vitamin C, which may improve breathing during hard exercise. Grill time 6 minutes SKEWERS ) 675g scallops, orange roe (coral) removed ) 1 large red pepper, cut into 2½cm chunks ) 2 avocados, cut into 2½cm cubes ) 330g pineapple chunks

SAUCE ) 3 tbsp olive oil ) 1 tbsp lemon juice ) 1½ tsp za’atar ) 1 clove garlic, minced ) ¼ tsp ground black pepper

SAUCE ) 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce ) 1 tbsp rice vinegar ) 1 tbsp lime juice ) 2 tsp sesame oil ) 1 tsp Sriracha sauce (£2.50 for 455ml, ) 1 tsp grated fresh ginger

GARNISH ) Chopped parsley

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BA B Y Pregnancy and new motherhood pose serious challenges to your running, but it is possible to return to your sport even stronger hen Jo Pavey took 10,000m gold at last year’s European Championships, her victory was made all the more remarkable by the fact that her first gold at a major champs came at the age of 40, and just 11 months after giving birth to her second child. Pavey’s achievement is an inspiration to


all runners, but especially those mothers who strive to achieve running goals while juggling the demands on their time, and coping with the changes and challenges pregnancy has brought to their bodies. Over the following pages we hear from women who have met those challenges and thrived, and from experts who can help you get all you need from running.

PLAY TIME Michelle Edwards, with Arabella, 4, and Roddy, 2

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Kerry Queenan, 36, from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, is mother to Amy, six, and Grace, three. Time constraints have brought focus to her training ’ve always loved to run. It started off at school and when I was in my 20s I ran on treadmills in the gym, but nothing challenged me as much as running outside.

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Once I’d got back into that, I joined Ilkeston Running Club in 2006. I loved the club runs and the social side, too. I even met my husband, John, a fellow runner, there. He helped me train for my first half marathon and soon I dipped under two hours. My first daughter, Amy, was born by caesarean section and I could hardly wait to return to running, which I did 12 weeks later. But that first run was so slow and hard. Then I found I couldn’t run regularly because my life was now so hectic. I tried other activities, such as swimming, aqua aerobics and Zumba, but none of them gave me the same buzz as running did. After we had Grace it seemed even less likely that I would get out running. But when she was 18 months old, John and I decided we were both determined to get back to it, so we came up with a plan. I would run on Saturdays while he did Sundays. We both went back to the Ilkeston club runs on Thursdays while the grandparents looked after the girls. I squeezed a 10K run into my lunch hour at work on Tuesdays, too. It was a real juggling act, but it worked. My training was much more focused because I had less time, so I had to make every session count. And that meant my times were much better than before I had my girls. I knocked almost 15 minutes off my half-marathon PB, as well as running faster 10Ks and 5Ks. I think I’m much stronger, too. After undergoing an emergency caesarean as well as giving birth naturally, I tell myself running is never going to be as hard as that. I now want to tackle a marathon. Running is definitely tougher to fit in once you have had children. But I’m getting as much, if not more, enjoyment out of it now than I ever did. And I’m faster, too.’

father figures We asked running dads to share their advice on adapting their routines once babies arrived ‘As the due date got closer, I stuck to local routes in case my taxi services were needed. When my wife started running again, we balanced our evenings by taking it in turns, though she does our club sessions: adult company is valuable when you’ve spent all day with a baby.’ Craig Coates

‘I began fitting most of my training into my run to work. I could get in a good run and it would only take 30 minutes longer than my usual commute.’ Andrew McFarlane

‘Before the baby, I trained eight times a week. This changed after I became a dad. You might have to alter your goals. I can’t do many long runs, but I can justify a few races. And having your little one at the finish line is a nice touch.’ Paul Addicott

‘We have a running buggy so I can take our older two out on a run and my wife only has the newborn to deal with. And I run more late at night. There’s something fun about a run around midnight.’ Clive Barker



Maria O’Donoghue, 40, from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, is mum to Cian, seven, and Aoife, three. Running has made her a better mum only discovered running after we had our kids. With our first, Cian, I had a caesarean, poor aftercare and difficulty breastfeeding. It wasn’t the world I’d imagined. Later I suffered very low moods. Things came to a head one day when I was weaning Cian and he wouldn’t eat his carrot purée. I curled up into a ball in the kitchen and sobbed my heart out. I knew that it was more than ‘baby blues’. My GP diagnosed postnatal depression (PND) and prescribed antidepressants and some cognitive-therapy sessions. I took the pills for about six months. They really helped, but I felt there must be another way to deal with it. I began running after I had our daughter, Aoife, in 2011. I didn’t suffer PND because I knew the signs to look out for. I found running was a great coping mechanism.

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I googled the charity Mind at the start of 2012 and saw they had places at the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October. I made it my running goal and though I found it very hard at first, I knew I had to stick with it. Running was my own free therapy. I would go on my own and it became ‘me’ time. I think running has made me a better parent because I can extract myself from family life for a short time and come back feeling fresher. Running the Royal Parks Half meant I could open up to people about why I was doing it and talk about my battle with PND. I found it very cathartic. I could get the message out that it’s not something to be ashamed of. I did the London Marathon this year and plan to run the Dublin Marathon, too. I believe that things happen in life for a reason. And out of something bad I’ve found something good in running.’

Words Adrian Monti Photography Stuart Hendry

Mind’s Get Set to Go programme supports people experiencing mental health problems in joining sports clubs, going to the gym or taking up new sports. Visit

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Professor Greg Whyte, sports scientist and Director of Performance at the Centre for Health and Human Performance on why motherhood can actually improve your running

‘There are a host of reasons why women can perform better after having children. It’s likely that psychological and sociological changes, rather than changes in anatomy and physiology,

explain this. Mums may take a more rounded approach to running, with a less blinkered view of its importance, which may allow them to train and race under less pressure and anxiety.

Being a mum also means that overtraining becomes less of a problem, as there’s simply less time to train. The resulting focus on quality rather than quantity can boost performance.’

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running mum’s menu Nutritional knowhow from sports dietitian and ultra runner Rin Cobb, MUMS-TO-BE Don’t experiment with new diets, particularly during the first trimester, when your baby is most susceptible to any dietary imbalances. Eat a varied diet to keep you and your bump well nourished. Your body needs iron-rich foods, such as red meat, green vegetables, tofu, chickpeas and pulses. Your baby draws iron from your stores, especially during the third trimester, and distance running can increase iron needs. Limit your caffeine intake, as some studies have shown high levels lead to lower birthweight babies. Stay under 200mg per day (around two mugs). If morning sickness is making it harder to muster the energy to run, switch to bland foods such as dry crackers and toast. NEW-MUMS Don’t try to lose excess fat by dieting. Instead, get back in shape by running. Eat calcium-rich foods. You need a steady calcium supply for strong bones. Drink more fluids if you’re breastfeeding and running. Check the colour of your wee – a useful hydration indicator. It should be straw-coloured.

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Thule Glide Sports Stroller £400, Pushing your baby won’t be a resistance workout with this light model, which features a handlebar that is adjustable to suit your height and running style. Easy to fold away, too.





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Michelle Edwards, 33, from Datchet, Berkshire is mum to Arabella, four, and Roddy, two. She loves running more than she ever did ’ve always run to keep fit. Before Arabella I ran a 10K race in under an hour every couple of months, and I jogged most of the way through my pregnancy. But after Arabella, it became very hard. It was a traumatic birth and it left me very battered. Once I got the all-clear from my GP, I went for my first run, when Arabella was four months old. It was horrendous. My chest felt tight and it was hard to maintain my breathing. I had to make a real effort to control it without panicking or giving up. I struggled to get to the end of the road. I was still breastfeeding and knew I had to feed her or use my breast pump before I went out. Running with breasts full of milk was painful and heavy. My stomach felt wobbly and my hips and knees felt loose and weak. I was shocked I couldn’t do what had come so naturally

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Britax BOB Revolution PRO £455, This can be used as your everyday stroller as well as an off-roader: the adjustable front wheel swivels for easy manoeuvrability, but can be locked in place for steadiness.


before. I realised I had to learn to run again, so I got a copy of Runner’s World and joined my local club, Datchet Dashers. I began a run-walk programme. Even that felt tough, but I set a target of running my first half marathon, which I achieved. After having Roddy, I knew it would take time to regain my fitness. I could no longer procrastinate about running. If I had a free half hour, I got out there. I also joined a gym that had a crèche. Having children has meant I don’t take my running as a given any more. And I cherish the solitary time, away from home and children. It’s just me, my music and the road. I started to push myself like I never had before. I feel much stronger since having my children. I don’t give up easily and I appreciate my body and what it can do so much more. I’m better at listening to my body, too. I used to take running for granted, but now I love it in a way I never did before.’

What to expect when you’re expecting and what to be aware of post-birth – and strategies to deal with it all, from personal trainer, ultra runner and mum-of-three Edwina Sutton, DURING PREGNANCY Manage your expectations. Ditch the Garmin, grab the comfy shoes and gently tick over rather than aiming for PBs. Connect with your baby on your runs. Slow down, walk when you need to and always stop if you’ve any pain or feel tired. Dial down your miles. Trying to run the same distances will leave you exhausted, so cut back and compensate by walking to feel you’ve still done a session. Pick your routes. As you get bigger your gravity changes; running downhill gets tricky as the bump gets bigger, and it can feel uncomfortable. Pick flat routes and walk the downhills. Try trails or grass if you find roads jarring, and stay close to home in case you feel tired.

Bugaboo Runner £583, Large, air-filled tyres, suspension, a fixed front wheel with tracking controls and an easy-access brake along the length of the handlebar deliver comfort and precision control.

POST-BIRTH Take your time. The recommended guidelines to return to running are six weeks after vaginal birth and 10 weeks after a caesarean. But I recommend spending the first 12 weeks working on your core, and check with an osteopath about spine and pelvis alignment. Build slowly. After my pregnancies I built up to walking 10km a day with the pram before even starting running. Once running, I kept my expectations low – six times two minutes, with five minutes walking in-between. Be aware of your body’s changes. While breastfeeding, my bra size increased and I found I needed to wear two sports bras to minimise bounce. Strengthen your pelvic floor. You need to do pelvic-floor work to avoid stress incontinence. Try abdominal bracing: lie on your back and pull your abdomen in, as if someone is about to hit you in the stomach. Then perform different movements with your stomach pulled in. Try lifting one arm overhead, then the other, then both. Once you can do this progress to legs, then legs and arms, then opposite legs and arms. After finishing each movement, release your abs.


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THE GREATEST RACE ON EARTH? THE HAKONE EKIDEN ISN’T JUST THE BIGGEST RUNNING EVENT YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF, IT’S ALSO A GATEWAY TO UNDERSTANDING JAPAN’S UNIQUE RUNNING CULTURE Award-winning author Adharanand Finn spent six months in Japan learning about the fascinating world of Japanese running. He took to the streets of Tokyo with some of the top corporate stars, joined an amateur team to compete in ekiden relay races and even trekked into the mountains in search of the mystical marathon monks. His book, The Way of the Runner: A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running (Faber & Faber) is out now.

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period (1603-1868), couriers used to relay messages from station to station between Kyoto, the old imperial capital, and Tokyo. In 1917, the first ekiden relay race was held, along the same route, with runners passing a sash called a tasuki just as runners pass a baton in sprint relays. After the Second World War, as the devastated country began to rebuild itself, ekidens were seen as a way of bringing people together, forging a spirit of unity and building morale. Because the races were sponsored by newspapers they got lots of media coverage, and companies and universities began to invest in their teams with the dual purpose of fostering loyalty among their employees and students, and as a way of promoting themselves. As the races began to be televised, advertising opportunities grew. This increased interest in ekiden resulted in many teams turning professional; today there are around 1,500 salaried

realised it was easier to garner support for their ekiden teams rather than individual marathon runners, so they put their energy, focus and money into these teams. But the rise of the races was driven by something deeper than simply commercial opportunism: ekiden suited the Japanese mindset. Obviously not everyone in a country thinks the same way, but in Japan, particularly in the postwar years, a spirit of sacrifice and collectivism was encouraged. The most popular saying, still repeated today, was, ‘The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.’ Ekiden, which puts the success of the group ahead of individual glory, was a good fit for this mindset. And running together, for the good of the team, also seemed to elevate individual performances. Many Japanese roadrunning national records have been broken during ekiden legs. At the 2014 Hakone ekiden, for example, the leaders reached 10km in 28:36 – a 10K PB for most of the 10 in the group – and a time not a single British runner would beat all year. However, it’s not individual PBs, but the spirit of collective effort and sacrifice that’s key in ekiden races. It’s touching to see teammates waiting for their fellow athletes at the end of each stage, holding them up and wrapping them in towels. The finishing runners display how much effort they have put in, tumbling to the ground, bodies broken, faces twisted, some openly weeping. It often takes two people to hold them up and marshals are on hand to give oxygen. What’s noticeable in every ekiden, however, is that the leading teams are less dramatic at the changeovers. At the end of day one at Hakone, when the Tokyo university runner crosses

EKIDENS WERE SEEN AS A WAY OF BUILDING MORALE long-distance runners in Japan. By contrast, in the UK there are barely 20 long-distance runners able to make a living from their sport. While elite athletes in the rest of the world compete for sponsorship, appearance fees and prize money, athletes in Japan are actually employed by a team to run. And after their ekiden careers are over, many are given desk jobs for life in the company that owns the team. Japanese athletes and coaches originally saw ekidens – in which the individual stages can be any length, but are usually between 5km and 25km – as good training for the marathon, with which Japan has a long and deep obsession. But ekidens began to surpass even marathons in popularity. The corporate and university bosses





First ekiden race is run between Kyoto and Tokyo

First Hakone ekiden

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Shigeki Tanaka wins the Boston marathon in split-toe shoes

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On January 2 last year, I was among the crowds at the start of a race, the thumping sound of university bands and cheerleading squads threatening to shatter the glass of the towering skyscrapers, while television helicopters buzzed overhead. It was still only 7am, but the streets were rammed 10 people deep. Some had arrived hours earlier to secure their position at the front. Pushing my way through the crowd, I headed down a side street and came across the athletes, striding back and forth in long, colourful jackets, awaiting their moment. Their faces were taut, the tension palpable in their eyes. For most of these young men, many of them still teenagers, this would be the biggest moment of their careers. Even if they ever managed to make the national team and run in the world championships or Olympics, it would pale in comparison with the intensity and importance of this race. This was the Hakone ekiden, a 135mile relay between university teams from the Kanto region around Tokyo: it’s Japan’s biggest sporting event. While the country may be more famous as the birthplace of sports such as sumo, judo and kendo, this annual running event tops the lot in terms of television audience and spectator numbers. It’s Japan’s FA Cup final. Run over two days during the New Year national holiday, the race is laced with symbolism and history. People who normally have no interest in running gather with their families around the TV for two days to eat New Year rice cakes and watch the runners snaking their way from central Tokyo to the foot of Mount Fuji and back. To understand how the Hakone ekiden became such a big deal, we need to go back to the beginning. In Japan’s Edo


01/ Teams of cheerleaders raise the volume

the line in first place, he is all smiles as he’s mobbed by teammates. By winning the stage he doesn’t need to show how much he has tried. But every runner after him puts on a bigger display of pained effort. The further back in the field, the more the drama increases, with the last few runners collapsing and refusing to be dragged back to their feet, pleading to be left at the side of the road. Expressions of emotion are rarely on public display in Japan. And seeing this spirit, with the whole country also watching, feels like stealing a glimpse into the collective soul of Japan: the raw emotions, the companionship, the drama. I feel almost uncomfortable watching, as if I’ve gatecrashed a family occasion.

02/ Spectators study the runners’ form 03/ Natsuki Terada feels the emotion at the end of the race 04/ Many of the runners are still in their teens


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Because the biggest races are all ekidens and all take place in Japan, it’s little known that the Japanese are very good at distance running. While they may not quite match the top Kenyans and Ethiopians, they far outpace everyone else in the world. Consider this year’s National University Half Marathon Championships – incredibly, 265 runners finished in under 66 minutes. In one race. In the whole of 2014, only 25 British men managed to run that fast. I went to Japan partly looking to understand why they run such fast times. What is it about the Japanese system that produces such stunning results? In many ways the answer was simple: because running is taken extremely seriously. In Japan, running is firstly a sport and only secondly a mass-participation activity. While recreational running is as popular as it is in the UK, elite running is a much bigger deal in Japan. At major marathons, most spectators walk around with portable TVs or radios, following the action at the front. Such scenes are rare in the UK, where most spectators are looking out for friends or are there to cheer everyone on, and have only a passing interest in the leaders. Big Japanese races are on primetime TV and the runners are big stars. The top Hakone runners have to get used to female fans swooning, and to crowds demanding autographs. The popularity of ekiden supports a system of professional teams, who hire upcoming athletes, pay them well and look after them. So not only do the top Japanese runners have more time to train, they also have strong support teams of physios, nutritionists, coaches, masseurs etc. And they have the incentive 10/15 RUNNER’S WORLD 071

WHY CAN’T THEY BEAT THE TOP KENYANS? amazed by the fervour for running in Japan. ‘People here love running, much more even than in Kenya,’ he said. Then he added, ‘If the Japanese trained like in Kenya, all the world records would come from Japan.’ It was quite a statement. I thought about my own training in Japan’s amateur ranks. I’d joined a team, Blooming, whose members did ekidens, marathons, half marathons and 10Ks. In many ways it was similar to a UK running club, but I noticed a prevailing fear of appearing overconfident. It exists in the UK, too, where, on the start line, people are more likely to say how underprepared they are than to admit to being in top shape. But in Japan, it’s more extreme. Even wearing running shorts and a singlet on the start line is considered cocky. When I wore a vest at one race, a Japanese friend looked surprised and said, ‘Oh, serious runner!’ O


Then, when it was time to start, I found myself standing 10 metres ahead of everyone because nobody wanted to be so presumptuous as to stand at the front. In deference to everyone else, they all stood back from the line. In the professional ranks, bold statements and taking unnecessary risks, even if they end up helping your team, are also frowned upon. This was clearly illustrated when I watched the Japanese women’s national 10,000m final in Tokyo. The field was made up of two Kenyans and about 20 Japanese runners. The Kenyans raced off from the gun and within a few laps had a huge lead. Were they that much better? The answer was no. In the second half of the race, the gap closed as the more even-paced Japanese runners began to reel the leaders in. The Kenyans were almost caught on the final lap, but they held on. Later I met the manager of the fourth-placed runner, who was thrilled with her performance. When I asked him about the Kenyans’ tactics, he laughed: ‘That is not the Japanese way. The Japanese way is even pace.’ I know from experience that starting too fast brings the risk of crashing and burning, but his words reminded me of something marathon coach Renato Canova once said to me: ‘To win a big race, you need to be a little wild, not an accountant.’ He meant take risks, forget the watch occasionally.



The Kenyan runner I spoke to didn’t talk about mindset; instead he complained that the Japanese train too hard. We Brits tend to share the belief that success comes from hard work, but one of the most overlooked facets of running is rest. The Kenyans are champions at resting. When I asked top British runners who were training in Kenya what the biggest difference in the two training regimes was, they replied unanimously and without hesitation: ‘Rest.’ In Japan, they take hard work to extremes. And not just in running. According to a recent study by the US National Sleep Foundation, Japanese workers get less sleep than workers anywhere else in the world. Shige Yamauchi – who coached Britain’s second-fastest female marathon runner, Mara Yamauchi – believes the extreme Japanese work ethic causes problems in running, as it’s important to train intelligently and not always harder. ‘In Japan, there is often a clash

THE TRAIN DRAIN In the few ekidens I ran, I noticed an interesting dynamic. While being part of a team can push you to greater efforts, it also teaches you caution. You don’t want to ruin everyone else’s effort by racing too hard and blowing up. Better to do well than to risk disaster attempting to do brilliantly. One former star runner told me that the belief in controlled running is so prevalent in Japan that he once got in trouble with his coach for blasting off too fast at the beginning of an ekiden leg, even though he won. When you look at races such as those Half Marathon Championships, where so many finished in under 1:06, you begin to wonder why the winner only ran 1:02:11. While that’s fast, it wouldn’t scare the top Kenyans. Is this pervading sense of caution holding back the very top Japanese runners? Or is something else? O










Ten of the top 11 marathon times are run by Japanese men

Toshihiko Seko wins the London and Chicago marathons

Hiromi Taniguchi wins the London Marathon. Seko wins Boston

Taniguchi wins the marathon in the Tokyo World Champs

Naoko Takahashi wins the women’s Sydney Olympic marathon

Mizuki Noguchi wins the women’s Athens Olympic marathon

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Photography Getty, Adharanand Finn, Isano

and encouragement to become professional. In the UK, for all but the very top athletes, the life of a distance runner is a struggle. They have to fit training around jobs and other commitments. They don’t have ready-made groups of top athletes to train with. As a result, many talented British runners give up the sport, or at least dedicate less time and energy to it than the top Japanese runners. Yet the more time I spent in Japan, understanding the system and seeing the obsession, the more my attention turned away from the question of why are they’re so good, to why are they not better? Why can’t they beat the top Kenyans and Ethiopians? It was a Kenyan runner living in Japan who first posed the question to me. Many top teams in Japan employ Kenyan and Ethiopian runners, and I was talking to him after he had won his leg at an ekiden in Kyushu, in the southwest of Japan. He said he was


by every East African runner I encountered in Japan: ‘All the training is on concrete.’ Although there’s a separate trail-running community in Japan, among the professional, university and amateur ekiden teams there’s a reluctance to train on anything but pavements and roads. I regularly trained with my Blooming team on the road that surrounds Osaka Castle. Right next to it is a gravel trail. Yet I never saw anybody running it. When I did, people thought I was strange. Constantly pounding concrete can take a toll on your body while all the changes in balance and position required to run on uneven ground give your body a more allround, strengthening workout. When I suggested to one coach that he take his Kyoto university team to train in the mountains surrounding the city, he was amazed. ‘I’d be sacked!” he told me. His fear of running trails was the risk that one of his athletes may get injured, so instead they stuck to the concrete – and got injured from that instead.


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between science and the concept of hard work,’ he says. ‘Because it is conceptual – this idea that to achieve success you must work hard – it has to be removed from science. For it to work, you mustn’t question why am I doing this. You must just accept it.’ But sometimes it is better to do less. Always doing more can be ineffective and can lead to injuries and burnout. The Kenyan I spoke to in Kyushu had another complaint, one shared

Paradoxically, in such a risk-averse culture, part of the reason that Hakone is the biggest ekiden of all is the more cavalier approach taken by the university runners. In the corporate ekidens, the runners are so good at judging pace, and take so few risks, that the races are less exciting. But these uni students are still raw, less schooled in ‘the Japanese way’. The boldness with which the first-leg Hakone runners I watched started suggests not everyone is afraid of a fast pace, although the fact that the entire field went out so fast made it easier. Nobody had to make a bold solo move, to risk being the nail that stuck out. I spent two days glued to the race, watching the effort and drama etched into the face of every runner and fan. When the winning team crossed the line back in central Tokyo, people all around me were crying. ‘It is so moving,’ was all one woman could say when I asked why she was in tears. I left Tokyo feeling I had witnessed one of the greatest races on earth. It seemed to elevate running to a different level, where it became not simply a race, but a blood-andthunder sport. It was like nothing I’ve ever witnessed. Yet almost nobody outside Japan knows ekiden exists. With so much enthusiasm already surrounding the race, there is no need, or seemingly little motivation, to export it. And so what might just be the greatest running race on the planet remains, for now, Japan’s secret. 10/15 RUNNER’S WORLD 073






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Ground work

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Running coach and author of Runner’s Guide to Yoga. p77

The former elite athlete is now an author on exercise science. p78

Director of sports nutrition at the University of California. p80

Sports doctor, runner and author of Running Strong (Rodale). p82

JO PAVEY The European 10,000m champion has competed at four Olympics. p87

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Get faster, leaner and more flexible by adding the right cross-training to your weekly routine


ometimes it’s what you do when you’re not running that gives you the edge you need. So it is with cross-training. A weekly non-running workout gives your muscles and joints a break while producing benefits that carry over to your running. ‘If you only run, you’re using the same muscles within the same plane of motion over and over,’ says Shannon Colavecchio, who trains runners in cycling, rowing and core-strengthening classes. ‘Using different muscles and movement patterns can help prevent injuries and also build speed and endurance.’ While you can get a good cross-training workout from many activities, some are particularly useful in helping you achieve running goals. Here are the best cross-training/running pair-ups.


TRY POOL RUNNING If you have an ambitious goal, you might want to do extra miles. But you could risk injury if you tackle too much. Jason Fitzgerald, head coach at and a 2:39 marathoner, says pool running is a great option. ‘It’s the exercise that mimics road running the best; you’re working the same muscles, without the impact.’ Studies show that as long as you keep your heart rate up, pool running is an effective substitute for dry-land running.

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HOW Wear a pool belt to help keep you afloat. Run as you would on the road, keeping good posture while pumping your arms and keeping a high cadence. (Slow strides could cause you to overextend your legs, which may irritate your hamstrings.) Do it once a week for 45 minutes to an hour. You can pool run at a steady pace, or try short sprints (go fast for 15-30 seconds, recover, repeat) and long sprints (moderate effort for 5-10 minutes, recover, repeat).





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‘Cycling builds muscle endurance and powerful quads, hamstrings and glutes – muscles runners need for hill climbing,’ says Colavecchio. ‘Runners who do hill climbing on the bike will see the benefits on foot: they’ll have an easier time conquering hills.’ HOW To get the most out of an outdoor-cycling workout, try to find rolling terrain where you can power up an incline, pedal fast when it flattens and charge up another hilly section.

There’s no true substitute for running speedwork, but strength training can help you reach your goal. It builds leg power, which carries over to faster running times. Any strength work is useful but lifting weights that really challenge you has great value: one study showed that runners who lifted heavy versus light weights improved their performance in a 5K race. And you’ll get out of the gym faster. ‘You’re doing fewer reps, but getting more benefit; it’s a better

bang for your buck,’ says Mike Young, founder of Athletic Lab, a research and training facility in North Carolina, US. HOW If you are new to resistance training, start with a light weight, one that allows you to comfortably do about 12 reps of your chosen exercise. Gradually increase the weight and reduce reps over time (while maintaining good form). Your ultimate goal is to pick a weight that makes it a challenge to do six reps.





In the last miles of a long run, many runners can’t stay upright. Hunching over causes you to breathe more shallowly, which can decrease how much oxygen you take in. Using a rowing machine can help your posture. ‘You’re getting a great cardio workout and strengthening your legs; rowing is like doing leg presses over and over, and that all carries over to improved endurance running,’ says Colavecchio. ‘Rowing also strengthens your core, back and arms.

Colavecchio says that a spin class or stationary bike is also a good option, since it allows you to better control your workout – and not coast on downhills too much. Create your own ride: after a warm-up, do six sets of three minutes at hard resistance with a minute of light resistance in between. Finish with two minutes of a fast pace at medium resistance to simulate the end of a race, when your legs are hurting but you need to finish strong.

Building strength in those muscles can help you keep posture and form.’ HOW Coach and strength specialist Will Kirousis recommends the following rowing-interval workout: do a fiveminute warm-up, going from an easy to a moderate effort; eight minutes of alternating 20 seconds at intense effort and 10 seconds at easy effort; two minutes easy effort. Do the eight-minute set twice more, then finish with a five-minute cool-down.

You might have the ability to run fast or long. But reaching down to tie your shoelaces from a standing position? Without groaning? Now that’s often a different story. Runners need enough flexibility to be able to move fluidly through a proper range of motion, says Sage Rountree, yoga instructor, triathlon coach and the author of The Runner’s Guide to Yoga (Velopress). ‘Stiffness in your hips can shorten your stride and limit your

speed,’ she says. ‘And tightness in a specific muscle can cause gait modifications that can lead to injury.’ HOW Find a style that’s appropriate for your level of experience and works well with your training schedule. During a period of demanding running, opt for a more relaxing yoga practice, like hatha, says Rountree. But in the off-season, when your mileage is less intense, you could do a more challenging session, such as ashtanga.

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TIME TO BREAK How switching some of your quality workouts to trails and sand will build your


Percy Cerutty, coach of Australia’s 1960 Olympic 1500m winner Herb Elliott, favoured sanddune workouts for building speed, strength and endurance. At Cerutty’s seaside base, Elliott would sprint up a dune as many as 50 times in a row. The result: he retired never having lost a mile or 1500m race. Many runners have used dune workouts since then, including Steve Ovett (who ran at Merthyr Mawr, on the coast of Wales) and American 5K record holder Molly Huddle, who tested herself on the shores of Lake Michigan, in the northern US.

THE BENEFITS Running on loose, dry sand takes 20-60 per cent more energy than running on grass. Plus, soft sand absorbs some of the energy from your foot strike instead of pushing you forward, and forces you to activate more muscles in your lower leg to stay upright. The result is levels of lactate – a marker of anaerobic fatigue – that spike two or three times higher than on firm surfaces. One study found athletes improved VO2 max by 10 per cent after eight weeks of sand workouts twice a week, 078 RUNNER’S WORLD 10/15

compared with just six per cent for those doing the same workouts on grass. Loose sand’s other perk is its low impact forces, which result in less muscle damage. And physiology aside, the best reason to hit the dunes is that it will give you a mental-toughness workout.

THE WORKOUTS Cerutty used three key dune circuits for workouts. The short circuit was a steep climb of just 25m, but with a 60-degree incline. To replicate this, try 10 reps of a hill that takes about 15 seconds to climb; walk or jog down for recovery, taking enough time that you’re ready to sprint hard again on the next rep. Cerutty’s mid-length circuit was about 400m, finishing at the top of a steep hill. For this kind of workout, start with six reps, and take at least two minutes’ recovery. Finally, the longest circuit was a rolling loop of just over a mile up and down the dunes. Start with three

reps and take three minutes’ recovery. If you have regular access to dunes, include a hill workout once a week during base training. If you have to travel to get to dunes, make the effort worth your while; pick a medium-length incline that takes 45-90 seconds to climb, to strike a balance between strength and endurance. See how many reps you can do (then take a few days to recover).

CAVEATS It’s hard to maintain good form when your feet keep sliding backwards. For a

Learning to run fast on uneven terrain has benefits that will translate to any surface

more powerful stride, push hard off your back foot (even though it’s slipping) rather than reaching forward with your front. The soft surface may put extra strain on your Achilles tendon, so avoid sand workouts if you have a history of Achilles problems and stop if you feel calf pain. The other big issue to consider is whether to wear shoes, and there’s no right answer. If you leave them on, wear tall socks to keep sand out. If you take them off, your foot and ankle muscles will work extra hard, so keep the first few workouts short.

NEW GROUND stamina, strength, balance and mental toughness, and get you ready to race hard


the 30m and 70m point. Run medium-hard for the first section, hard for the second section, and medium-hard for the third section; walk back. Then run hard/ medium-hard/hard. Do six in total and focus on shifting gears precisely when you pass the marker.

Moving an interval workout from the track (pace-based) to the trail (time- and effortbased) can offer a mental break, but don’t let such workouts become too easy. Every other week, do a series of out-and-back repeats (try 6x3 minutes with 90 seconds’ rest). Pick a starting point and mark it; run hard for three minutes, then mark your end point. Rest, then run back, trying to make it past the point where you began; mark this new spot. Try to push farther each time.

GO SIDEWAYS Runners are great at going forward but they’re not so good at moving side to side – that’s a problem when you’re navigating switchbacks. Work on your strength, balance and range of motion by including some drills after your run twice a week. Try sideways skipping for 20-30m in both directions, 10 reps each of sideways lunges and lateral hops (jumping side to side on one foot at a time), and balancing on one foot for 20 seconds at a time. Strengthening these muscles and ingraining these movement patterns will enable you to flow around obstacles with ease.

WORK THE CLUTCH To maintain a quick pace on trails, where sharp turns and other obstacles break your rhythm, avoid slowing down until the last moment and speed up again as soon as you can. Refine these acceleration and deceleration skills by running pace-change sprints after an easy run once a week. Find a field or path about 100m long and divide it by marking spots at

SCOUT THE COURSE Words Alex Hutchinson Photography Kat Pisiolek for Hearst Studios


Runners usually think of trails as a nice place for an easy run – soft surfaces, birdsong and so on – and reserve hard workouts for the track or the roads. After all, how are you supposed to hit your goal pace with all those rocks and roots? But what doesn’t trip you makes you stronger: learning to run fast on uneven terrain has benefits that will translate to any surface. You’ll build power, improve balance and hone your inner sense of pace – not to mention your mental strength.

Racing on trails puts your skills to the test. You can pace yourself well only if you know what to expect. Run the course in advance, if possible, or study the course map to be familiar with the terrain. It can be difficult to pass others on single-track trails, so work out where choke points will occur. If you’re feeling good, surge about a half mile before bottlenecks. And even if you’re not feeling too good, surge anyway – in a trail race, sometimes a change of rhythm is exactly what you need. 10/15 RUNNER’S WORLD 079

New weight-loss research says you should stop dieting – and start eating and running more


f you’re a runner who’s struggled to lose weight, blame your genes – prehistoric genes, that is. Thousands of years ago – even as recently as several decades ago – humans spent much of their days doing hard, physical work that burned lots of energy. Our ancestors fuelled all that labour with a diet rich in whole foods loaded with fibre, phytonutrients and live bacteria (not processed foods). When food became scarce, their bodies kicked into survival mode by slowing their metabolism, storing more calories as body fat and becoming more efficient at metabolic and physical activities. Unfortunately for modern humans, who generally do far less physical labour, the same happens today: when we cut large amounts of calories from our diet (which is how many runners approach weight loss), our bodies react by becoming more efficient – potentially burning fewer calories. In short, our physiology is designed to hold on to pounds – not lose them.

So what’s a runner who wants to slim down to do? More and more studies, including a review published in 2013 in US Endocrinology, show that the key to losing weight is keeping your calorie burn high through plenty of daily exercise and physical activity, and eating quality calories to fuel that activity. Whole, minimally processed foods supply the energy you need while helping to regulate appetite and reduce hunger levels, which will spur weight loss. Obesity researchers call this maintaining a ‘high energy flux’. That means that runners should aim to burn a lot of calories while also eating a lot of healthy foods. Here’s how you can amp up your ‘energy flux’ and kick your weight loss into high gear.

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01 \ EAT MORE BACTERIA There are thousands of bacteria strains in your intestines. (See The gut, the bad and the ugly, p50.) A 2013 study review found certain strains influence obesity – some affect the amount of energy extracted from food. One strain, bifidobacteria, aids in weight loss and lessens symptoms related to obesity, such as a rise in inflammatory markers. Cultured milk products, such as kefir, yoghurt and cheese, are rich in bifidobacteria. SLIM DOWN Aim for one serving of cultured dairy (and other probiotic foods, such as miso and tempeh) every day.

02 \ GO NATURAL Whole, natural foods, such as vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains are high in fibre. They take up volume in your stomach and help you feel full for longer. Soluble fibre (beans, oats, fruit) slows the stomachemptying process and stabilises blood sugar, keeping hunger at bay. High-fibre foods also contain prebiotics – the special starches that serve as food for the healthy bacteria, in your GI tract. SLIM DOWN Eat at least three servings of vegetables and three pieces of fruit daily, and add fibre-rich sweet potatoes, beans and whole grains to your diet.

Words Liz Applegate Photography Mitch Mandel





Studies show that capsaicin, a compound in hot chilli peppers, may help boost calorie burning, reduce appetite and aid in weight control. That makes peppers (fresh or dried), pepper flakes or chilli powder a smart addition to your diet. Green tea, which has special polyphenols called catechins, may also help boost calorie burning and reduce hunger levels.

A new study from Cornell University, US, shows that 92 per cent of people eat everything on their plates. That’s not so bad when you’re eating salads, but could mean calorie overload when it comes to ice cream, chips and other indulgent foods. Don’t deny yourself these treats; just trick yourself a bit by modifying what you see.

SLIM DOWN Swap your second cup of coffee for green tea. Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes to soups and pasta sauce.

SLIM DOWN Serve crisps in a small bowl (rather than out of the family-size bag) and use smaller serving utensils and plates, which will make your reduced portions appear larger.



Keep up your running mileage, but toss in some new activities, too. Doing so will work muscles that are often neglected by runners and will also create adaptive changes on a microscopic level, such as building new muscle proteins and cellular compartments that help burn more calories. It will also ensure you don’t become bored doing the same old running routes and nothing else.

Exercise isn’t the only way to burn calories. Everyday tasks such as walking, standing and cleaning can have a big impact on your total calorie burn and tip the weight-loss balance in your favour. Look around your work and home environments for ways you can make yourself more active.

SLIM DOWN Wintery or wet conditions have you stuck inside? Now’s the perfect time to try swimming or an indoor boot camp class.

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How to treat and prevent the most common lower leg injuries, by sports doctor Jordan Metzl

t’s no surprise that lower leg pain is a common complaint among the runners I treat, given the key role these muscles, tendons and bones play in running. The calf and Achilles tendon work together to generate the force that pushes you off the ground with each step, while the shin bone helps to absorb and dissipate the impact of every footfall. When these areas are weak, tight or overworked, they become vulnerable to injury. Here’s what to watch for and how you can keep your legs in top shape.


CALF STRAIN What’s going on? This occurs when tight or weak gastrocnemius or soleus muscles aren’t ready for the explosive effort required to push your body off the ground. TREAT IT Don’t run. Ice the area for 15 minutes five times a day. Wear a compression sleeve for the first 48 hours post-injury. Elevate your lower leg above your hip during the first 48 hours. Anti-inflammatory medicine could help. If symptoms don’t improve, go to your doctor. PREVENT IT Foam-roll and stretch your calves daily. Strength-train (see p85).

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WHERE DOES IT HURT? Discomfort in your calf – anything from a twinge to a blast of sharp pain. DIAGNOSIS CALF STRAIN (1)



What’s going on? Different types of shin pain all fall under this catch-all term. Most shin splints occur when there is more stress on the tibia than it can handle.

TREAT IT Reduce mileage and cross-train. Apply ice for 15 minutes five times a day. Consider arch supports. If rest doesn’t work, stop running and see a doctor to rule out a stress fracture (see #4). PREVENT IT Increase mileage gradually. Work on your glutes and core to reduce the load on your shins. Shorten your stride. Get enough calcium and vitamin D. @runnersworlduk


ACHILLES TENDINITIS What’s going on? Overuse injury from ramping up mileage or intensity too quickly. Weak or tight calves increase the risk.


TREAT IT Don’t run. Swim, ride or try pool running. Ice the area for 15 minutes five times a day. Foam-roll and strength-train your calves (see p85). See a doctor if there’s a lump in the tendon (this is a sign of a calf tear). PREVENT IT Do plyometrics (see p85). Foam-roll calves daily. Increase mileage gradually.


Photography Mitch Mandel Adapted from Running Strong: The Sports Doctor’s Complete Guide to Injury-Free Running for Life, by Jordan Metzl (Rodale).

STRESS FRACTURE What’s going on? Develops when the demand on the bone exceeds its ability to withstand the force.

WHERE DOES IT HURT? Mild-to-severe soreness along the Achilles tendon. DIAGNOSIS ACHILLES TENDINITIS (3)

TREAT IT Get medical care. Rest and stay off the leg as much as you can. Get enough calcium and vitamin D. PREVENT IT Increase mileage gradually. Make sure you are wearing the right running shoes. Strength-train, targeting your glutes and core. Shorten your stride and increase your cadence to put less stress on your shins.

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STRONG POINTS Jordan Metzl’s simple strength plan will keep your shins, calves and Achilles healthy STRAIGHT-LEG CALF RAISE


ou love running. And when your sport of choice involves the great outdoors, fresh air and cruising down the road, you don’t want to be stuck inside doing strength exercises. I get that. I’m a runner, too. But I also want to run for the rest of my life. So I strength-train two or three times a week. Running can create muscle imbalances or

PLYOMETRIC LUNGES Lunge forward with your right foot and left arm until the shin of your back leg is parallel to the floor and your knee almost touches the ground. Push up off the ground in an explosive manner, and switch your legs in mid-air so you land in a lunge with your left leg forward. Left and right lunges count as one rep. Do three sets of 15 reps.

accentuate existing ones. Weak calves, for example, can put too much stress on the Achilles and break down the fibres that make up the tendon. Unstable hip and core muscles hurt your biomechanics and overload your shins, which can lead to shin splints and stress fractures. Do these exercises twice a week – daily if you’ve had shin, calf or Achilles issues in the past.

Stand on a step, with a dumbbell in your right hand. Cross your left foot behind your right ankle. Balance on the ball of your right foot. Lift your right heel, pause, then lower. Do three sets of 15 reps on each side.

BENT-KNEE CALF RAISE Follow the instructions above, but bend the knee of your balancing leg as you raise and lower your body. Do three sets of 15 reps on each side.

ECCENTRIC CALF RAISES Stand on a step, heels hanging off the edge. Push yourself up on your toes. Then very slowly (to a count of 10) drop your heels below the level of the step. Do three sets of 15 reps.

For a video demonstration of this routine, go to runnersworld.

FARMER’S WALK ON TOES Hold heavy dumbbells at your sides. Rise up on your toes and walk forward for 60 seconds. If you feel you could’ve gone longer than that, increase the weight. Do three sets.


UPWARD MOBILITY It’s not easy, but hill running is worth it



Photography Getty *Please note: Jo Pavey is unable to respond directly to emails



Will hill runs make me faster in f lat races?

Absolutely. They’re a great way of developing leg strength and power in a dynamic way. Stronger legs allow more force to be generated by each stride. Speed requires good running technique and to run uphill effectively you must use your muscles in a very coordinated way. Speed also requires a quick cadence, which is encouraged by hill running. Some runners use downhill

running to improve their cadence but this can pose a high risk of injury. Increases in your dynamic leg strength will help make your muscles more resistant to fatigue, and improvements in form will enhance your running economy. That said, although hill work will help boost your speed, it is still important to carry out some speed sessions on the flat.

This session is great for working on your speed. The last hill forces you to dig deep when you’re fatigued. It is also a useful longer rep for endurance. You need to find a hill that takes three minutes or longer to run up. If you can’t find one long enough, just do the length that’s possible, or finish on the flat if you run out of hill.

5x1 min hill with jog recovery between each Recovery: 3 mins 5x45 secs hill with jog recovery Recovery: 3 mins 3x30 secs hill with jog recovery


Is running with a high cadence as important as people say?

A cadence (strides per minute) of about 180 is often cited as being the ideal for runners, but it varies according to pace – marathon pace is lower than 5K pace, for example. It’s thought that if cadence is too slow, you may be more likely to get injured, as longer strides mean a slower, heavier impact and there’s more chance of overstriding. Effective cadence needs to be coupled with strong leg power for good form and efficiency – a quick, shuffling cadence won’t get you anywhere fast. I don’t give much thought to my cadence, though I feel it changing at certain speeds. I suppose it could be worth analysing yours if you feel it’s affecting your performance or that it could be contributing to injury problems. Fast-feet drills can help build cadence.


What is the minimum number of weekly runs I can do if training for a marathon?

Four runs a week could be considered, but you may not give your best performance and the sessions you do will all need to have a purpose. Try a long run, a tempo run, a recovery run and an interval session. Build the long run up to 18-20 miles, the tempo run from 30-60 minutes and the recovery run from 45-50 minutes. For an experienced runner the interval session could be 10x3 minutes, with one minute of recovery, or 5x6 minutes, with two minutes’ recovery. If you’re a beginner, too much specific running in one week would risk injury. If this is you, concentrate on general steady running and building up your longer run. Then progress to adding tempo running or interval work once a week.

Recovery: 3 mins 3 mins hill with acceleration in the last 30 secs

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Shoe Guide Autumn/Winter


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RW Shoe finder The Shoe Finder helps you pinpoint suitable models based on your running history and other shoes you like. For more details on fit and performance, see our reviews on the following pages.


Do you know the type of shoe that works well for your size, stride and preferred ride?

Proceed directly to the grid below. Shoes are arranged in terms of YES cushioning, weight, sole height, flexibility and stability features as measured in the RW Shoe Lab. You’ll find lighter, less-supportive shoes in the bottom left and highly cushioned, more stable shoes in the top right. Shoes in the middle provide a balance of performance and protection features and can work well for many runners.

Put yourself into a runner group using the Runner Group table on NO the right. When you’ve arrived at a colour-coded group on the bottom of the table, locate it on the grid below. Shoes in that encircled group tend to work well for runners like you. Start with shoes well within your group, but feel free to consider models along the border or in a neighbouring group.





Editor’s choice The best shoe, regardless of price or category

Best update The best new version of an existing model





Best debut The best new shoe tested

Best buy The best value option for those on a budget

Shoes in this region are light, flexible, and well cushioned without stability and support features.


C Saucony Kinvara 6 p94




Under Armour Speedform Fortis p102


Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3 p96 Mizuno Wave Ultima 7 p99


Nike Zoom Elite 8 p97 New Balance Vazee Pace p95

Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 p94 Shoes in this region offer a firm, close-to-the-ground ride with little weight and few restrictions on foot motion.

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On Running Cloudcruiser p94




We analysed data from more than three million users of the RW Online Shoe Finder to sort runners into seven groups. Runners in each group have similar shoe needs based on a few key variables.

BODY SIZE Body Mass Index is calculated from your weight and height, and offers a fairly reliable indication of body type. BMI = Weight (pounds) / (Height [inches])2 x 703. Or use the calculator at Generally, the higher your BMI, the more shoe you need.

BMI < 23 Examples: Under 160 lbs for 5'10" man Under 134 lbs for 5'4" woman

BMI 23–27 Examples: 161–188 lbs for 5'10" man 135–157 lbs for 5'4" woman

BMI > 27 Examples: Over 189 lbs for 5'10" man Over 158 lbs for 5'4" woman

RUNNING EXPERIENCE This includes how long you’ve been running and how much you run. Find your level here by estimating your average miles per week over the past year. The more you run, the more efficient you tend to become and, generally, the less shoe you need.

MORE THAN 20 miles per week

MORE THAN 15 miles per week

MORE THAN 10 miles per week

INJURY EXPERIENCE During normal training, do you tend to develop problems in your joints, bones and connective tissue? Those with a higher incidence of injury tend to need shoes with more support. Note: shoes cannot cure injuries, and the causes of problems vary greatly. If you’re battling persistent injuries, you should see a medical professional.




FEWER THAN 20 miles per week







FEWER THAN 15 miles per week








FEWER THAN 10 miles per week







Shoes in this region combine maximum cushioning and support with lots of protection between you and the ground.


Brooks Glycerin 13 p98 Saucony Redeemer ISO p102

Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 p104

Asics Gel Cumulus 17 p103




Hoka One One Constant p99


Brooks Ghost 8 p96

D Saucony Ride 8 p98

Asics Gel Pulse 7 p97



Nike LunarGlide 7 p95

Brooks Aduro 3 p104


Shoes in this region combine firm cushioning and lots of stability features, providing control and protection.

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Nike Free Flyknit 4.0

Saucony Kinvara 6

On Running Cloudcruiser




RW Editor Andy Dixon was one of the testers for this shoe and his summary reflects the views of others: ‘A lightweight, strippeddown, flexible shoe that really just offers a line of cushioning between your foot and the floor. It doesn’t intrude, correct or get in the way.’ The whole Free range of shoes has had an upgrade: the previous waffle design on the outsole has been switched for a hexagonal groove pattern that allows your foot to move even more freely, while the Flyknit upper has been revamped. It’s now formed of two pieces as opposed to the single-piece ‘sock’ of the previous version – it’s less compressive but still hugs the foot securely for a personalised fit. This is a fantastic option for speed training and short races up to 10K. Bottom line A shoe that feels like a super-speedy second skin

Since the Kinvara was introduced it’s been Saucony’s bestselling shoe, and with good reason: the mix of fantastic responsiveness, quick heel-to-toe transition, superb cushioning, low weight and lateral stability have made it a firm favourite for runners of almost all shapes and sizes. Unless you’re a heavy runner who needs a lot of overpronation control, the chances are this shoe will do the business, whether you’re transitioning to a more strippeddown style, speed training or looking for reliability at a low weight. The only reason this wasn’t in contention for an award is that we felt Saucony hadn’t changed enough to justify consideration (a slightly wider mesh and a couple of repositioned overlays were the only tweaks), but it remains a fantastic shoe. Bottom line The perfect companion for half-marathon glory

This is the latest offering in On Running’s range of unusual-looking shoes – the unique outsole pods are designed to squish down on impact, lock together and then spring apart to help push your foot back off the floor as you move forward. The company has paid even more attention to this feature on the Cruiser, as the shoe is designed as a long-distance training model. The level of cushioning is good and the firmness of the ride depends on your weight – the lighter you are, the more the pods will spring back and the softer the feel. One feature our testers particularly noticed was the laces – they pull the whole of the shoe’s midfoot – rather than just the top section – closer around your foot, giving a snug fit without creating pressure points. Bottom line Personalised shock absorption for everyone

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Forefoot cushioning Firm


Flexibility More


Soft Forefoot cushioning




Weight 216g (M), 172g (W) Height 26.5mm (heel), 19mm (forefoot)

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Forefoot Cushioning Soft



Soft Flexibility


Weight 222g (M), 183g (W) Height 27.9mm (heel), 22.8mm (forefoot)



Weight 307g (M), 250g (W) Height 36.4mm (heel), 24.7mm (forefoot)


RW Shoe Guide

New Balance Vazee Pace £100 If the running-shoe industry was still splitting its products into categories (a system that’s increasingly obsolete as the distinguishing characteristics between models become increasingly blurred), this would definitely go in the minimalist section. It’s extremely light – the heel drop is only 6mm, giving a low-tothe-ground feel, and the midsole cushioning looks like it’s been stripped down. In fact, it’s New Balance’s Revlite foam, which gives more bounce for less weight. While the toe spring (or upturn) is quite high, the midfoot section has been stiffened a little, meaning it’s suitable for speed sessions or long, steady runs. Testers loved the slim fit and heel cushioning but some thought it needed more in the forefoot, which felt thin and a little unresponsive. Bottom line Run fast, run long or do both to your heart’s content

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Nike LunarGlide 7 £105 It’s increasingly difficult to find true value in a running shoe for under £100, but what you can do is look for bang for your buck, and this seventh version of Nike’s support shoe in the Lunar range gives just that. For the first time the LunarGlide has Nike’s Flyknit upper – a material made from a Heel cushioning woven knit-look mesh to give a closer, more Firm Soft flexible fit. The weave is denser in some parts than others to provide support in vital Forefoot cushioning areas, such as around the heel. This, coupled Firm Soft with five Flywire overlays in the midfoot, helps to give a personalised fit. A two-piece, Flexibility dual-density support wedge in the heel Less gives excellent anti-pronation support – the More more you overpronate the more it supports you – while the outsole has denser rubber in Weight 266g (M), 213g (W) Height 33.5mm (heel), 23.4mm (forefoot) key strike zones for extra durability. Bottom line Solid option for overpronators

Forefoot cushioning Firm

Soft Flexibility



Weight 230g (M), 188g (W) Height 26.2mm (heel), 20mm (forefoot)

Tester’s take Name Katherine Kendall Age 30 Height 5ft 4in Weight 8st 11lb Weekly mileage 15 Occupation RW Brand Manager

‘These shoes were comfortable, light and a lot springier than I had expected. There was a marked difference in my speed, as in the space of one month I managed three PBs over three different distances.’

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Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3 £100 EDITOR’S


Brooks Ghost 8 £110 One of the reasons this shoe won our top gong is that, apart from the superb technical capabilities, several testers noted how much they simply ‘enjoyed the shoe’. All the component parts – the superb cushioning, flexible upper, snug fit, good weight and breathability – came together to provide a Heel cushioning shoe that’s just fun to run in. One of the Firm Soft biggest innovations would be quite easy to miss if you weren’t looking for it: the upper Forefoot cushioning has been re-engineered to be thicker and Firm Soft more supportive in some areas and less constrictive in others, limiting rubbing hot Flexibility spots. Runners heavy and light praised the responsiveness and feel, and despite the Less More 12mm heel drop and the extension of the crash pad along the length of the shoe, the Weight 309g (M), 241g (W) Ghost was fast and flexible enough to be Height 35mm (heel), 23mm (forefoot) used as a multipurpose shoe. Bottom Line Stabled, cushioned, comfy

Opinions on this one depended on whether the tester was a lighter or heavier runner. Although it has been designed as a mass-appeal shoe that’s speedy but stable, our feedback showed that smaller, lighter runners found it just a little too boxy and wide in the forefoot for their liking, while heavier runners loved the mix of low weight, responsiveness and cushioning, which they didn’t think was possible for people of their build. Updates to the latest version include blown rubber in the outsole for a softer ride (although two testers noticed some degeneration after 100 miles), the mesh has been widened for greater ventilation and some overlays have been removed to cut down on weight. Bottom line Lightweight cushioning, a great race-day option for heavier runners

Heel cushioning Firm

Soft Forefoot cushioning

Tester’s take Name Mel Whittaker Age 41 Height 5ft 4in Weight 9st 8lb Weekly mileage 20 Occupation Account manager

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‘The Brooks Ghost 8s could literally be popped on and off you went – there was no breakingin period and no blisters. The cushioning was fantastic; a little on the firm side but with no jarring on your knees.’


Soft Flexibility



Weight 258g (M), 207g (W) Height 32mm (heel), 23mm (forefoot)


RW Shoe Guide Lace ready All the technology in the world won’t help if you can’t secure your shoe to your foot. Here are three alternative ways of lacing for a great fit.

HEEL SLIPPAGE If your heel moves in the shoe, try lock lacing. Lace as usual until the lace ends emerge from the eyelets second from the top. Thread them up each side and into the top eyelet towards the foot. Cross them over and feed each under the lace on the other side, then pull through the vertical section of the other side. Tie normally.

HIGH INSTEP This relieves the pressure from the top of your foot if you have a high instep. Begin with criss-cross lacing at the bottom, and finish with it at the top – in-between, feed the laces up each side through the eyelets. Experiment with how many holes you do this with, depending on what feels comfortable.

Asics Gel Pulse 7

Nike Air Zoom Elite 8



This narrowly lost out to the Nike LunarGlide for the Best Buy award. It’s cheaper and, for the most part, performed well in tests, but a couple of issues held it back. It’s a fairly simplistic design and a few testers said it felt ‘boxy’. However, the cushioning is impressive and Asics has introduced a few new features since the previous iteration: some weight has been dropped – mostly due to the use of a lighter, bouncier midsole foam – and a guidance groove running the length of the outsole helps to promote a smooth transition, both of which are noticeable. But the heel fit was variable and we had a few reports of rubbing, while the forefoot rubber degraded quickly and the midfoot section didn’t hold the foot in place properly when cornering. Bottom Line Sturdy, unspectacular and good value for money

Something of a rarity these days: a Nike shoe that falls into the ‘average’ category. That being said, the Air Zoom Elite 8 still has plenty to recommend it. It’s designed as a lightweight, high-mileage shoe for neutral runners; we found the combination of weight, comfort and security just right and the asymmetrical lacing helped keep the foot secure without pinching across the top. Durability was excellent, as was the mix of breathability and weather protection from the mesh. However, what the shoe gained in cushioning it lost in flexibility and responsiveness, with testers reporting that it felt ‘clumpy’ and some found it difficult to pick up their feet quickly through the gait cycle. A shoe with potential, but there’s some room for improvement. Bottom line This is a good option for long Sunday runs

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WIDE FOREFOOT As well as buying shoes with a slightly wider forefoot you can also thread the laces up each side of the shoe and only criss-cross near the top. Work out through trial and error which eyelets are the correct ones for you to start criss-crossing through again.

Heel cushioning Soft

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Weight 329g (M), 260g (W) Height 38mm (heel), 27mm (forefoot)



Weight 281g (M), 232g (W) Height 31mm (heel), 23mm (forefoot)

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Welcome to the club Neil Gunn, Club Treasurer of Macclesfield Harriers, gives the lowdown on a new club to RW’s shoe-testing programme.

Brooks Glycerin 13

Saucony Ride 8



It can be tricky to keep evolving a shoe that your customers already love, which is why Brooks deserves praise for making some sensible tweaks to the Glycerin without throwing the baby out with the bath water. This premium neutral shoe still offers the uber-soft, superbly cushioned but responsive ride that its fans have come to expect, but there’s now a retouched upper, which moves better with your foot, keeping it in place without restricting movement, while the longitudinal grooves in the midsole have been deepened to improve flexibility, help reduce shock and quicken the heel-to-toe transition so your foot spends less time on the ground. In fact, the Glycerin came out as the most flexible shoe tested for this guide by the Runner’s World lab in Oregon. Bottom line Plush and pillowy

‘The fit and comfort were first class and the first time I went out in them it was like running with two old friends.’ So said tester Steve Davis, and he wasn’t the only one who felt this way. The Ride is Saucony’s offering for runners who want a secure high-mileage training option that’s still got a bit of a kick to it. Judging by the enthusiasm from almost everyone who wore it, version eight has achieved what it set out to. The cushioning was plush but not too squishy – shock attenuation in the heel was good, as was forefoot flexibility. The ride through the midfoot is a little stiff, which would better suit heavier runners or steady-state training runs, where a quick transition isn’t key. Overall, an excellent shoe that only narrowly missed out on an award. Bottom line Pure luxury for high-arched runners

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Weight 313g (M), 253g (W) Height 35mm (heel), 25mm (forefoot)

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Weight 274g (M), 233g (W) Height 33mm (heel), 25mm (forefoot)

The Harriers is a thriving, diverse club with over 600 members, based on the west side of the Peak District National Park. We have strong links to the local community and our members range from beginner to elite, while the age range is nine to 77. We’re split into five main sections – road running, track and field, crosscountry, fell running and ultradistance challenges. The club can trace its roots back to 1897. It was reformed in 1945 and focused mostly on road and cross-country running for the next 20 years. In 1999 we secured lottery funding and are really proud of the clubhouse and eight-lane track and field facility that we built with the money. We compete in three track-andfield leagues, two cross-country leagues and also organise four local road races as a club. The largest, the Macclesfield Half Marathon, attracts about 1,000 runners and is now in its 11th year. We’ve raised over £120,000 for charity through the races. Since 1984 the club has published a quarterly club magazine and now we have a comprehensive website ( We try to make sure we remain relevant to runners of all abilities: at one end we’ve organised several Couch to 5K programmes, which new members have said have changed their lives by introducing them to sport; at the other we have members who have taken advantage of being so close to the Peak District by training to take on challenges such as the Bob Graham Round and the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc. Over 120 club members have tested shoes for the RW testing programme and they’ve all loved it.


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Hoka One One Constant £125 The latest from the market leader in maximal shoes, Hoka’s Constant model is very light for a shoe that offers such stability. Instead of inserting a medial post, Hoka has simply created a last (basic shoe outline) that, width-wise, is flat, wide, chunky and difficult to overpronate on. From heel to toe the shoe is curved, with the pivot point under the ball of the foot; this is designed to keep the foot on the ground a little longer and provide extra security for those who are looking for a comfortable ride rather than something super-responsive. The results from testers were as you’d expect: lighter speed demons didn’t approve but steady overpronators couldn’t get enough of planting their foot down and knowing the shoe would take care of the rest. Bottom line Lightweight but with reassuring levels of stability

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Mizuno Wave Ultima 7 £100 If ever there was a shoe that demonstrates why running companies have moved away from categorising their products as ‘neutral’, ‘stability’ and so on, the Ultima 7 is it. The feedback showed that this was all things to all runners – which will be music to Mizuno’s ears, as the company intended it as a shoe Heel cushioning to ‘provide maximum cushioning for the Firm Soft neutral runner covering medium distances.’ The changes that Mizuno has made were Forefoot cushioning met with much acclaim: beefed-up midsole Firm Soft cushioning that’s bouncier but lighter; a more luxurious foam around the ankle collar; Flexibility a thicker outsole made from blown rubber, which is springier than the carbon rubber Less More normally used; a lighter, more breathable mesh upper; plusher sockliner and an Weight 290g (M), 220g (W) Height 25mm (heel), 13mm (forefoot) improved midfoot fit; all came into play to give a ride that mixed speed with comfort. Bottom line A light, multitasking dream

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Weight 292g (M), 255g (W) Height 37mm (heel), 34mm (forefoot)

Tester’s take Name Luke Cameron Age 31 Height 5ft 8in Weight 14 st Weekly mileage 30 Occupation IT systems consultant

‘Mizuno is not a brand I’ve used before but based on this shoe it’s the only one I’ll be using in the future. They were the first shoes not to give me blisters and these fitted my wide feet like a dream from the first run.’

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Saucony Redeemer ISO £129.99 BEST


Under Armour Speedform Fortis £100 If forefoot flexibility is what you’re after, then look no further. The RW lab scored the Fortis highly in this area, thanks to its deep outsole grooves. As a consequence, our testers loved tackling hills in this shoe. The lab also found it one of the lightest and most cushioned shoes on test, especially in Heel cushioning the heel, where the midsole foam proved Firm Soft extremely bouncy and durable – a couple of ultra-running testers found no deterioration Forefoot cushioning in the cushioning after more than 100 miles. Firm Soft The only two small criticisms are that several testers needed to wear longer socks to Flexibility counteract rubbing from the high-cut collar, and the one-piece knitted mesh upper, while Less More breathable and stretchy, was no match for rain or puddles, so keep these for dry runs. Weight 246g (M), 203g (W) Height 31mm (heel), 20mm (forefoot) Bottom line Long-lasting comfort for distances of 10K and upwards

It came as no surprise that this was the heaviest and least flexible shoe tested in the RW lab (the women’s version was the only one to weigh in at over 300g) – it’s a monster, with your heel sitting a whopping four centimetres off the ground, a large medial post providing excellent support for severe overpronators and a very chunky midsole foam that came out as the most cushioned on test. The Redeemer is so built up that it goes beyond the traditional motion control of, say, a Brooks Beast and would sit instead in a maximal-shoe category, were we to have one. It’s a niche offering, best suited only to those who really need the heft and guidance it offers, but those who do fall into that group absolutely loved running in it. Bottom line Firm, strong and super-supportive

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Tester head Name Julie Smith Age 49 Height 5ft 6in Weight 9st 2lb Weekly mileage 20 Occupation PA at a primary school

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‘These Under Armour shoes are extremely comfortable, with a lovely wide fit across the toes, plenty of cushioning for the weight and a secure heel fit. They were so light it almost felt like I was running barefoot.’


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Weight 359g (M), 303g (W) Height 40mm (heel), 32mm (forefoot)


RW Shoe Guide The ups and downs of heel-toe drop The difference between the height of your heel and the height of the ball of your foot is called ‘heel-toe drop’ or sometimes just ‘heel drop.’ In our lab, we determine that difference by cutting the upper off the shoe and measuring from the sole of the foot to the ground. The optimal drop is a matter of debate and ultimately depends on what works best for you.

Proponents of low- or zero-drop (ie, when both the heel and ball of the foot are close to or at the same height above ground) shoes argue that by mimicking the foot's natural placement on the ground such shoes will:

Asics Gel Cumulus 17 £110 ‘It’s a good, stable shoe but nothing out of the ordinary,’ said tester Kirsty Hewitson, and that’s a good way to sum up the latest version of this long-standing favourite, a mid-to-high-end shoe for neutral runners and supinators. It’s extremely cushioned – putting your feet in these is like stepping into a bowl of marshmallows – so if you prefer a firmer ride, this is not the shoe for you; and the wide heel section and firm crash pad make for a reliable experience on the run. However, this comes at the cost of weight: the Cumulus 17 was one of the heaviest shoes on test, which isn’t necessarily bad but does put it in the ‘traditional running shoe’ camp. On the downside the laces come up a little short (a bafflingly common problem with the Cumulus) and the forefoot fit is on the narrow side in the toebox. Bottom line Soft and reliable

Critics of the low- or zero-drop design believe that such shoes are, in fact, better suited for walking rather than running, and they claim that a moderate drop (between eight and 14 millimetres) helps:

Help improve balance and encourage better postural alignment

Reduce impact forces for heel strikers (the majority of runners) by providing more cushioning

Encourage more of a forwardweighted foot strike, which helps reduce impact forces

Minimise pronation by helping the foot roll forward rather than inward

Reduce the twisting forces on knees and hips

Improve stabilisation, which increases efficiency

Improve your propulsion by allowing for full stretch and recoil of the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia (called the 'windlass effect')

Reduce forces on the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia by limiting how far they need to stretch as you kick backward

Weigh less and have a more balanced feel

Encourage a longer stride, thus a faster pace at the same turnover rate

BOTTOM LINE? Changing the level of drop you’re used to affects the forces you encounter and may change your stride, which can make you less efficient and more susceptible to injury while you adapt to the new geometry. So stick to the drop that's been working for you. Change it only if you've been getting injured, or you want to alter your stride (which, we should add, requires more than just new shoes). Note: you can always add heel height to a shoe with a thick-heeled orthotic insole or a foam heel lift.

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Weight 323g (M), 263g (W) Height 35.9mm (heel), 26.4mm (forefoot)

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RW Shoe Guide How we test We receive 12-15 pairs of each shoe and send them to runners, who use them for at least a month and give feedback. The shoes also undergo tests at the RW Shoe Lab in Oregon, US. We distil the data into the review and work out which shoes merit an award.

Brooks Aduro 3

Mizuno Wave Enigma 5



Based on the basic shoe outline of the Brooks Ghost, this is an entrylevel, almost budget-option shoe that has been created especially for the European market. Aimed at neutral runners, it does the basics well, offering few bells and whistles. It was one of the more cushioned shoes tested in the RW Shoe Lab and, in fact, some testers thought this came at the expense of ground feel. In the same way, the 11mm heel-to-toe drop felt almost old school in the current climate of responsive, low-to-the-ground models. It’s worth stressing that these aren’t bad things, merely a matter of taste. The fit through the midfoot was variable, but the wide toebox and Brooks’s addition of DNA cushioning in the heel were extremely popular with testers. Bottom line A capable workhorse at a reasonable price

This is a triumphant update for a topof-the-range neutral shoe. Mizuno has significantly overhauled this model and it’s all for the better: the wave plate in the heel (a plastic insert that helps to dissipate shock) has been joined by a U-shaped version in the forefoot, underneath which Mizuno has added it softest forefoot foam. The result is a level of bounce and cushioning that rated among the highest ever tested in our lab. Elsewhere, the toebox has been widened, the outsole on the forefoot is flared for greater stability, and the upper has been revamped so that not only does it give a snugger midfoot wrap but it flexes and bends with your foot. Meanwhile the sockliner is plusher, as is the foam around the ankle collar, which has been increased by 2mm. Our testers loved it all. Bottom line Heel-striking heaven

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Weight 297g (M), 252g (W) Height 35mm (heel), 24mm (forefoot)

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Soft Forefoot Cushioning



FLEXIBILITY This tells us how smoothly a shoe moves from heel strike to toe-off. The forefoot is placed in a machine that bends it 45 degrees – about the same as a foot flexes on the run – 60 times in 20 secs. The force needed indicates flexibility.

Heel Cushioning Soft


CUSHIONING An impact-test machine measures how soft or firm a shoe is. An 8.5kg weight – the average weight of the lower leg – is dropped onto the heel and forefoot of a men’s size 8 shoe to see how much the midsole compresses.



Weight 312g (M), 256g (W) Height 38.2mm (heel), 25.7mm (forefoot)

HEIGHT AND WEIGHT We weigh men’s (size 8) and women’s (size 5) models. We also measure stack height. To find heel and forefoot thicknesses, we cut away upper material and take digital readings. These readings give us the shoe’s ‘heel drop’.






RUNS DIFFERENTLY Brooks believe there’s no right or wrong way to run – only your own unique way. They call this philosophy Stride Signature

Informed by scientific research, Brooks assess the way each body naturally runs. Then, they empower runners with choices on how they want to experience the run – be it soft, springy, flexible or fast. This combination makes for the most comfortable and personalised running experience ever. Simply, Brooks have made it easier for all of us to find our favourite shoe.






When running, your body naturally stays in its path of least resistance.

When running, your body naturally leaves its path of least resistance.

Soft and protective, these shoes cushion each step and let you glide through your run.

Neutral shoes keep you on course.

Support shoes help you back on track.

ENERGISE ME Responsive and springy, these shoes add a lift to every stride.

CONNECT ME Lightweight and flexible, these shoes create a natural connection to the run.

PROPEL ME Built for speed, these low-profile race-day shoes propel you to the next level.






TOP HOLE Basingstoke is known as ‘doughnut city’ because of its roundabouts and its half marathon hits the sweet spot

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out in force, having decorated their houses with bunting for the occasion. Fathers carried children on their shoulders and whooped, grandparents sat in chairs and clapped, while many others banged saucepans, blew into vuvuzelas and put out their hands for high fives as we went past. The pubs had opened early, too, which added considerably to the roistering roadside vibe. On the sections where the road

The pubs opened early, which added to the roadside vibe narrowed and you were close enough to be slapped on the back, it felt a little like what Tour de France cyclists must experience when making their way through the crowds up a narrow mountain pass. Between the villages there were equally enjoyable periods of calm, where all you had to do to take in the rustic beauty was lift your head and look left or right: thatched cottages, vast fields stacked with hay bales, rolling hills and roadside verges


Basingstoke Half Marathon Hampshire (2014 stats) First man Jonah Chesum 1:06:13 First woman Gladys Kwambai 1:17:27 Last finisher 3:32:09 Starters/finishers 1,447 and 1,443 (99.9%)

Finishing Stats O 1-1:30 hours: 3.9% O 1:30-2 hours: 51.9% O 2-2:30 hours: 33.4% O 2:30-3 hours: 9.6% O 3-3:30 hours: 1.1% O 3:30-4 hours: 0.1%

Words Kerry McCarthy Photography Nick Webster

or me, Basingstoke has always evoked an image of the kind of new-build, red-brick purgatory where M4-corridor commuters and multinational companies take advantage of non-London property prices while enjoying proximity to the city. To the locals it’s known, with no apparent sense of disdain, as Doughnut City, owing to its inordinate number of roundabouts. In short, it seemed the kind of place where The Office could have been set if only Slough hadn’t got there first. How deeply wrong I was about it. And how grateful I was that the race organisers persevered for more than two years to get RW out to cover the event, insisting that if only we came and saw for ourselves we’d be impressed by what was on offer. Don’t get me wrong: Basingstoke town centre itself is nothing to write home about. It’s a bit of a commercial Mecca, home to the UK headquarters of Sony, BNP Paribas, Motorola, GAME, The AA, ST Ericsson and Sun Life Financial, among others. But race-wise, while the expectation was that we’d be trotting down a series of closed high streets, hoping our GPS watches wouldn’t conk out under the building cover, the reality was that the race team had pulled off a masterstroke by starting in the town but immediately taking proceedings into nearby rural villages, where the glorious surrounding countryside would have had Constable reaching for his easel. The route, a rough figure of eight to the south of Basingstoke, took runners through a succession of quaint villages Cliddesden, Ellisfield, Farleigh Wallop and Broadmere – where the locals were


DRINK STATION Putting the ‘pub’ back in public

AFTER THE RACE… Have a banana and split

FLAT WHITE Time for a caffeine pick-me-up

Four more races that will surprise (and delight) by delivering far more in terms of scenery, excitement and atmosphere than you might think


STOCKPORT 10 Greater Manchester, December 6

Worcestershire, September 13 A multiterrain toughy that ignores the town centre, instead taking you along the canal-side and through the beautiful surrounding countryside. There are some testing climbs, too. droitwich9

There’s no getting away from the fact that the weather is likely to be grey and drizzly. However, the incredible support, raucous on-course vibe and gigantic goody bag more than make up for that. stockport10


Suffolk, September 27

Bedfordshire, October 25 Something for everyone here. It starts at Stockwood Park Athletics Club, goes along closed roads and runs through part of Luton Hoo estate before finishing in the centre of the town. halfmarathon

blooming with late-season flowers that looked amazing, even if I hadn’t a clue what they were called. The tranquillity was broken only by the surprising number of climbs. There were numerous sneaky inclines, which you only realised you were tackling when you suddenly wondered why someone had attached invisible weights to your legs, as well as three main hills – at mile three, mile six and, around the nine-mile mark, the biggest. Known ‘affectionately’ as The Big Dipper (actual name: Bedlam Bottom), it’s a two-hump corker. If you thought the ascents were hard, the descents were every bit as bad – so steep that it made no difference whether you leaned back and put the brakes on or let gravity have its way – your quads and knees still got a thorough spanking either way. From there, though, it was four miles of mildly downhill country road to the finish on the grass at the War Memorial Park where, refuelling on a hotdog and a beer, I had a chat with Felicity Edwards, the race head honcho and managing director of Destination Basingstoke (DB), a not-for-profit company that promotes the town. Rather than spend money on marketing campaigns, DB uses events to showcase the town and the race is one of its most successful examples.

FELIXSTOWE 10 You might think there’s little else to it apart from the container port, but Felixstowe also knows how to put on a race. This 10-miler, flat apart from a PB-ruining hill at mile nine, takes runners along a scenic coastal route. felixstowe10

‘The race course was chosen to showcase the area and to challenge people’s perception of what Basingstoke is like,’ says Edwards. ‘We are a modern town, but we are also surrounded by beauty. We also wanted it to be interesting – not just a flat blast. Including some hills was a bit of a risk, as this reduces PB potential, but the consistent year-on-year growth in participants shows we’ve got it right.’ Edwards also says that the impact of the event spreads far beyond the day itself. Their research shows the race brings £200,000 to the local economy each year (not bad for an event that lasts around two hours). As well as that, two new running clubs have been established in the town since the first half marathon in 2011 and attendance at Parkruns has more than doubled. Considerable achievements, but perhaps the most impressive of all is the fact that in just four years Destination Basingstoke has developed a race that has the facilities and organisation of a big-city event, with the friendly atmosphere of a community run, and is great fun to boot. O Run it The next Basingstoke Half Marathon is on October 4 Visit basingstokehalf 10/15 RUNNER’S WORLD 109



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START The race hub is at King’s Park, close to the stadium of Premier League new boys AFC Bournemouth (A). Staged on closed roads, you can enjoy a fast and flat section through leafy suburbs. MILE 5 Runners skirt Hengistbury Head, the sandstone headland. Archaeological digs have revealed it’s been inhabited since the Stone Age. These days it’s also a nature reserve.    MILE 10 An-out-and-back along the cliffs offers panoramic views, including the Isle of Wight to the east. As you pass through Boscombe, you will see the Overstrand area – once a neglected beach-chalet complex. In recent years it has been revamped by designer Wayne Hemingway and the beach hut-style cabins have been rebranded as beach pods.   MILE 12 Your first climb comes at Boscombe Chine Gardens, which date back to the 1880s. It’s 200m of ascent, with a kick near the top. MILE 14 After a downhill section you will pass the Russell-Cotes Museum. It was built in 1901 as a present from Merton Russell-Cotes to his wife; the couple donated the house and an art collection to the town in 1907.

MILE 18 Behind Bournemouth International Centre you climb West Slope. Live music will keep you going before this section levels out.


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MILE 23 As you head west again, you look out towards the exclusive peninsula of Sandbanks. You also reach Poole harbour, said to be the largest natural harbour in Europe.

Dorset (2014 stats) First man Andrew Lesuuda 2:21:44 First woman Kateryna Stetsenko 2:30:58 No. of finishers 1,968 [DNF figures unavailable]

FINISH After three miles along the prom you finish by Bournemouth Pier’s Lower Gardens. INSIDE STORY Martin Yelling says: ‘It will be the third marathon festival this October. My wife, Liz [a former GB elite marathon runner], and I live here and have run parts of this course hundreds of times in training. We’ve mirrored the Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend in many respects by holding other events too, including kids’ races, a 10K and a 5K evening race on the Saturday. On the Sunday there’s a half as well as the 26.2. Liz and I enjoyed the fact that in many European marathons we raced, there were plenty of points where you see other runners, so we’ve got lots. And we think it’s unique in a UK marathon that you run the length of two piers in the race .’

Finishing stats O 2:20-3:00: 2% O 3:00-3:30: 10% O 3:30-4:00: 25% O 4:00-4:30: 26% O 4:30-5:00: 20% O 5:00-7:00: 17%

OR  un it The 2015 race is on October 4. Visit

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MILE 16 A unique feature of this race is that you run up and down the wooden decking of Boscombe Pier before doing the same along the length of Bournemouth Pier (B), a mile further along the prom.

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Race director Martin Yelling guides you on this marathon along the Dorset coast.



TUPPER WEAR Bogs, treacherous tracks and an icy pond – the Alf Tupper 10K was not for the fainthearted


Alf Tupper 10K N. Yorkshire (2014 stats) First Man James Baker 36:03 First Woman Chloe Hudson 46:30 Last finisher 2:06:19 No of starters/finishers 131/112 (86% finished)

Words Kerry McCarthy Photography Camp Hill 10K


quick glance at RW’s online events listings will show that obstacle races are still booming. So much so that you’d be forgiven for thinking the activity has only just been invented. But old-school cross-country running has something to say about that – and this event, though run for the first time only last year, is as old school as it gets. Named after comic-strip athlete Alf Tupper – the ‘Tough of the Track’ – the route was a suitable tribute: 10 kilometres of pure mucky slog, and it was brilliant. The organisers had 250 acres of the Camp Hill Estate, near Bedale, to choose from and came up with a course that wound its way through dense, root-packed woodland; over undulating countryside; and through boggy fields. There were fences, fallen trees and hay bales to clamber over, branches to duck, massive puddles to retrieve lost shoes from and a chest-high wade through a large icy pond to endure. It was knackering but invigorating and even the most jaded racer would have had a big, mud-encrusted grin on their face at the end. To top things off, as each finisher crossed the line we were handed a voucher and directed to the food area to refuel with Tupper’s favourite post-race meal: fish and chips and a pint of beer. This is one 10K that’s definitely worth travelling to. ORun it The 2015 race, now called the Camp Hill 10K, is on October 18. Visit

Finishing stats O 00:30-00:59 21% O 01:00-01:29 72% O 01:30-01:59 5% O 02:00-02:29 2%


Name Katherine Price Age 23 Hometown Cwmbran, South Wales Job Student Years running Five PBs 5K 24 mins; 10K 45 mins; Half marathon 1:54

C A R D I F F H A L F M A R AT H O N ‘Four years after running the race for the first time I was spurred on by my uni athletics team to try to beat my time of 1:59. I was helped by the fact that the organisers have tweaked the route to make it quicker. The race now begins along Cardiff Castle and cuts through Cardiff Bay. The beautiful Bay Barrage coast path is now in the fifth mile, rather than the 12th. I didn’t even notice it when it was towards the end.

The ‘A’ roads have also been swapped for more residential streets, which is great for the atmosphere – far more locals can turn out to watch. A downward slope after Roath Park gives you the final push for a sprint finish. It’s a good half for a PB, judging by my time: I improved by five minutes, finishing in 1:54.’ O Run it The 2015 race is on Oct 4. Visit cardiff

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RW editor Andy Dixon finds that Valencia is just about the perfect place for a marathon


alencia calls itself the ‘city of running’, and having run its marathon last year, it’s hard to disagree. It’s got the kind of Mediterranean climate that makes Brits sick with envy; paella, arguably the tastiest of all carb-based dishes, was invented here; it’s got an abundance of running routes in gardens, parks and along its beaches; and it’s flat. If that’s not enough to make you sign up, there’s plenty more. The start and finish of the race, and the expo, are all in the City of Arts and Sciences – a modern (if wildly expensive) architectural wonder, with buildings designed by Valencian Santiago Calatrava. The marathon’s finishing straight, on a platform built across a wide ornamental pool, is a particular highlight. And if you’re not up for a marathon, there’s

a 10K that starts and finishes in the same area but follows a different route. Race-day conditions were perfect – a beautiful cloudless day, but, at 15C, not too hot. The route was congested for the first few miles, but apart from that the marathon is PB-friendly, with only a slight incline of 25 metres from miles 14 to 21. In truth, the first half, through the city’s northern outskirts, is fairly unremarkable, though football fans will enjoy running past Mestalla Stadium, home of Valencia FC, at mile 11. But the roads are wide, so it’s easy to get into a rhythm. Things get more interesting after mile 16, when the route crosses the Jardines del Turia (see The Lowdown, right) and heads into the shaded, atmospheric streets of the old city, through the town hall square and past the Torres de Quart, the remains of


Valencia Marathon Spain (2014 stats)

First man Jacob Kibet Kendagor 2:08:39 First woman Beata Nandjala Naigambo 2:30:54 Last finisher 6:38:40 No. of finishers 11,348

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Finishing stats O 2-3hrs 5% O 3-4hrs 52% O 4-5hrs 38% O 5hrs+ 5%

G E T T H E R E , G E T A R O U N D A N D G E T R E A DY

A RACE IN THE SUN Great weather, flat course, great food: appealing isn’t it?:



Easyjet has direct flights from London Gatwick, while Ryanair flies direct from Bristol, Birmingham, London Stansted and Manchester.

STAY AC Hotel Valencia ( is a stylish four-star hotel within 10 minutes’ walk of the start/finish area. Rooms from €65 per night.

SIGHTSEE In the old city, check out Valencia Cathedral and the Basilica of the Virgin, while the cavernous Central Market is a food-lover’s dream.

FUEL Carb-load with authentic Valencian paella (which features chicken, rabbit and snails) at La Lola ( Celebrate with an ‘agua de Valencia’ – a moreish cocktail of cava, OJ, vodka and gin – at Café de las Horas (

WARM UP In the Jardines del Turia – the 9km green belt snaking through the centre of the city on the former bed of the River Turia, which was redirected after a flood in 1957.

the old city walls. The next few miles touch Valencia’s western edge before heading back into the old city to pass the elegant main railway station and bullring. The last mile hugs the south bank of the Jardines del Turia, before that memorable finish. Crowd support is loud and impressive throughout. Cries of ‘animo!’ and ‘venga!’ abound – it’s a thoughtful touch from the organisers to print runners’ first names on bibs so supporters can offer bespoke encouragement. A Brooks technical T-shirt, a goodie bag with pastries, oranges and – most usefully for me – Epsom salts for a recovery bath mean this is a race that’s got it all, whether you’re after a PB or just a great city break with a marathon attached. O Run it The next Valencia Marathon is on November 15. Visit @runnersworlduk

Photography Valencia Marathon








VENUE Race HQ: St Ives Bay Holiday Park, Hayle, 8am CONTACT Ben Mason; 07855 500 149; bookings@votwo.; COST £160 E/D NO DERBYSHIRE





VENUE Queen’s Park, Cricket Pavilion, Chesterfield, 9:30am CONTACT John Cannon; 01246 566 458; 07902 249 316;; northderbyshirerc. COST £3/£5 E/D ONLY •TRAIL •RURAL


Your top rated October’s best races as voted for by you*







THE PETTS WOOD 10K When October 11 Where Greater London Last year’s entrants to this speedy trot around southeast London found an event with a community feel, a brilliant band and succulent samosas at the finish. A steal at £16. p124



CHESTER MARATHON When October 4 Where Cheshire Almost 5,000 runners took to the streets of Chester last year to enjoy a flat route that takes in the city’s landmarks and the countryside, and finishes at the racecourse. p123

YORKSHIRE MARATHON When October 11 Where Yorkshire A modest hill in the final mile is the only real test (distance aside, of course) in this otherwise flat course. The support is also excellent, which makes a perfect event for marathon newbies. p124

VENUE The Tissington Trail, Parsley Hay, Ashbourne, 10am CONTACT Martin Burke; 01797 230 009; martin@; COST £23/£25 C/D 28/9 E/D YES. £30 LANCASHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Rivington, Horwich, 10am CONTACT Mike Gratton; 01252 373 797;; COST £20 E/D YES, +£5 LONDON


VENUE Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, 9:30am CONTACT Craig Thornton; 07740 554 190; info@; COST - E/D NO •ROAD •FLAT


VENUE Rosery Car Park, Battersea Park, London, 8am CONTACT Shankara Smith; 0207 222 1314 [day]; 07734 298 024;; uk.srichinmoyraces. org/races/london COST £8/£10 C/D 26/9 E/D YES, +£1






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SNOWDONIA MARATHON When October 24 Where Gwynedd A massive challenge, but the route is lined in parts with a rowdy crowd, whose support you’ll most certainly need to propel you over the extremely hilly but gorgeous terrain to the finish. p126




GRUESOME TWOSOME HALF MARATHON When October 17 Where Lincolnshire Something a bit different, this one: entrants run in pairs on an off-road course across the Lincolnshire Wolds. There’s a post-race spread at a local pub to spur everyone on. p124



VENUE Leaplish Waterside Park, Kielder, 10am CONTACT Event Secretary; 01434 689 040; josie@eventsofthenorth .com; COST £21/£23 E/D NO SURREY •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE The War & Spottiswoode Memorial Hall, Walking Bottom, Peaslake, 10am CONTACT Adam Pode; ; London/ COST TBC E/D NO •TRAIL •URBAN •RURAL


VENUE Richmond Park, Sheen Lane, Richmond, 10:10am CONTACT David Krangel; 020 8144 0797; 07919 141 534;; COST £17 C/D 25/9 E/D YES, +£5 WARWICKSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL


*Taken from RW online 2014 ratings

VENUE Henley in Arden School, Stratford Road, Henley In Arden, 9:30am CONTACT David Powell; 07734 548 434;; www.hofe-forestmarathon. COST £15 C/D 27/9 E/D YES, +£5

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VENUE Victoria Park, Leicester, 9:15am CONTACT Christian WeikertPicker; 0116 231 8484;; www. COST £26/£29 C/D 30/9 E/D YES. £50


The first figure is for entrants belonging to a UKA-affiliated running club. The second is for nonaffiliated runners.

CLOSING DATE Closing date for entries, if applicable.


ORGANISER’S Is it possible to turn CONTACT DETAILS up, pay and run? If yes, and it costs more to do this, it’s usually stated.

VENUE Village Green, Studley Roger, Ripon, 9am CONTACT Postal Entries; 07747 803 090; 07711 945 963; 07747 803 090;; COST £39 C/D 1/10 E/D YES, +£6

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VENUE Thames Valley Park, Reading, 9am CONTACT Chris Donald; 01494 630 759; info@purplepatchrunning. com; COST £15/£17 E/D YES, +£3 •ROAD •RURAL •FLAT


VENUE Black Park Country Park, Slough, 9:30am CONTACT Fred Ashford; 01494 534 972; fredashford@; COST £10/£12 C/D 26/9 E/D YES, +£3 BUCKINGHAMSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Ley Hill School, Chesham, 10:30am CONTACT Mark Ellis-Jones; 07956 984 058; leyhillchallenge@gmail. com; COST £10/£12 C/D 25/9 E/D YES, +£2 CAMBRIDGESHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL



Words Kerry McCarthy

Race Finder lists UK races that take place during the month stated on the cover, at the least. This issue features races from Friday, October 2 to Sunday, November 8. Simply look up when you want to race and find that day’s events listed by region. Info is provided by race organisers and may be edited because of space. Find more extensive listings and an interactive search tool at events. Just log on and sign up!


RACE VENUE Granta Park, Great Abington, Cambridge, 10:30am CONTACT Nicola Herberholz;; COST £13/£15 E/D NO CHANNEL ISLANDS •TRAIL •URBAN •RURAL


VENUE The Weighbridge, St Helier, Jersey, 9am CONTACT Kate Power; 01534 505 926; contact@; COST £34/£36 E/D YES, +£20 CHESHIRE •ROAD •URBAN •RURAL


VENUE Chester Racecourse, Chester, 10am CONTACT; www.chestermarathon. COST £35/£37 E/D NO •ROAD •FLAT


VENUE Victoria Park, Knutsford Road, Warrington, 11am CONTACT Laura McMullin; 0161 742 7484; 07961 246 395;; COST £12.50 C/D 29/9 E/D YES, +£2.50 •TRAIL •URBAN •RURAL


VENUE Winsford Rock Salt Mine, Bradford Road, Winsford, 10am CONTACT Brett Connolly; brett@; runwinsford COST £16 E/D NO CUMBRIA •ROAD •URBAN •RURAL


VENUE Sheepmount Athletics Stadium, Mayors Drive, Carlisle, 10am CONTACT The Great Cumbrian Run; 01228 633 766;; www.cumbrianrun. COST TBC DERBYSHIRE



VENUE Portsmouth lifeboat station, Ferry Road, Portsmouth, 10am CONTACT Rob Piggott; 07780 675 747;; https:// PiratesPiecesofEight20141 COST £18 E/D YES, +£7


VENUE Eaton Bishop Village Hall, 3 Green Court, Hereford, 9am CONTACT Steve Poolton;; www.strideoutevents. COST £12.50 C/D 15/9 E/D NO •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Woolhope Village Hall, Woolhope, Hereford, 11am CONTACT Ronnie Scully; 01432 860 295; 07730 402 044;; COST £13/£14 E/D YES, +£1 •ROAD •RURAL


VENUE Manuden Primary School, The Street, Bishop’s Stortford, 11am CONTACT Pauline Burnard; 01279 814 600; NA;; uk/funrun.asp COST £12 C/D 26/9 E/D YES •ROAD •URBAN •RURAL


VENUE Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road, Letchworth, 9:30am CONTACT; COST £13/£15 C/D 24/9 E/D NO •ROAD •RURAL •HILLY


VENUE Manor House Grounds, Gallows Hill Lane, Abbots Langley, 10:30am CONTACT Martin Burke; 01797 230 009;; COST £17.50 C/D 27/9 E/D YES, +£2.50 •TRAIL •RURAL



VENUE Axe Valley Community College, Lyme Road, Axminster, 10am CONTACT Diane Roberts; 01297 32146;; axevalley.devon.sch. uk/community/the-minster-challenge/ COST £8/£10 C/D 30/9 E/D YES, +£2

VENUE Wimpole, Arrington, Royston, 10am CONTACT hannah hodgson;; www.hoohaah. COST £23 E/D NO

WIILLOW 10K 2015

VENUE Hatfield House, Hatfield, 11am CONTACT Carol Young; 01707 259 777; uk; COST TBC C/D 25/9 E/D YES, £30 unaffiliated KENT •ROAD •RURAL



VENUE Teign Valley Community Hall, Christow, 10:30am CONTACT Stephen Larkins; 01647 253 486; 07956 605 788;; www.teignvalley COST £8/£10 C/D 28/9 E/D YES, +£2 DORSET •ROAD


VENUE Bournemouth, 10am CONTACT Bournemouth Marathon Festival Marathon Festival; COST £48.94/£50.94 E/D NO ESSEX •ROAD •URBAN •FLAT


VENUE Southchurch Park East, Southend On Sea, 10am CONTACT; www.southend10k. COST £15/£17 E/D NO GLOUCESTERSHIRE


VENUE Highsted School, Highsted Road, Sittingbourne, 10am CONTACT Martin Burke; 07879 815 441; martin@; Club_Race.html COST £14/£16 C/D 30/9 E/D YES. £18 •ROAD •RURAL


VENUE West Kent College, Brook Street, Tonbridge, 10am CONTACT Andy Blundell; 07798 810 484; andy.blundell@; COST £18/£20 E/D NO LONDON •ROAD •FLAT


VENUE Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets AC Clubhouse, Cadogan Terrace, Victoria Park, Hackney, 10:30am CONTACT Malcolm French; 02084 223 900;; COST £5/£7 C/D 21/9 E/D NO



VENUE Badminton Park, Badminton, Chipping Sodbury, 11am CONTACT Tony Hadfield; bthadfield@btinternet. com; COST £20 E/D YES

VENUE Hyde Park, London, 9am CONTACT Richard Xerri; 07737 335 296;; www. COST £25/£27 C/D 25/9 E/D NO







VENUE Anstey Park, Alton, 10:30am CONTACT Philip Scrase; 01420 542 683;; COST £11 E/D YES, +£2

VENUE Regents Park, Start location is near The Hub, London, 9:10am CONTACT Martin Burke; 01797 230 009;; COST £15/£17 C/D 30/9 E/D YES, £20




VENUE War Memorial Park, Basingstoke, 11am CONTACT Felicity Edwards; 01256 461 167; nina.; www. COST £28/£30 C/D 30/9 E/D YES. £35 •ROAD •RURAL •FLAT


VENUE Portsmouth lifeboat station, Ferry Road, Portsmouth, 10am CONTACT Rob Piggott; 07780 675 747;; COST £16 C/D 26/9 E/D YES, +£4



Scotland / 7 North / 43 Midlands / 27 East / 17 South / 105 Southwest / 10 Wales / 5

27 5







October’s 214 events broken down by region


VENUE The Tissington Trail, Parsley Hay, Ashbourne, 10am CONTACT Martin Burke; 01797 230 009; martin@; COST £23/£25 C/D 28/9 E/D YES. £30 •TRAIL •RURAL

Where’s the action?







VENUE Leaplish Waterside Park, Kielder, 1pm CONTACT Event Secretary; 01434 689 040; josie@; COST £33/£35 E/D NO OXFORDSHIRE •ROAD •RURAL •FLAT


VENUE Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, 10:30am CONTACT Events Team; 0845 130 8663;; www. COST £26 E/D NO



VENUE Glasgow, 10am CONTACT Great Run; info@; COST £32 E/D NO SOMERSET



VENUE Cricklade Leisure Centre, Stones Lane, Cricklade, Swindon, 10:30am CONTACT Phillipa Knight; 01793 750 556 [eve];; www. COST £9.50/£11.50 E/D NO



VENUE BASC Sportsground, Stoddens Road, Burnhamon-sea, 11am CONTACT Stuart Anderson; SJAnd@; COST £18/£20 C/D 20/9 E/D YES, +£2

VENUE Cricklade Leisure Centre, Stones Lane, Cricklade, Swindon, 10:30am CONTACT Phillipa Knight; 01793 750 556; 01793 750 556/751 206;; COST £10.50/£12.50 C/D 27/9 E/D NO




VENUE Kings International College, Watchetts Drive, Camberley, 11am CONTACT Race Organiser; 07885 764 889;; COST £9/£11 E/D YES, +£2




VENUE Bramham Park, Wetherby, 10:30am CONTACT Beverley Firth;; COST £9.40 C/D 1/10 E/D YES, +60p




VENUE The Devil’s Punch Bowl, Hindhead, 10am CONTACT Robert Monteath; 01428 653 584;; www.pbchallenges. COST £12/£14 C/D 30/9 E/D YES, +£2




VENUE The Market Place, Kingston Upon Thames, 8:30am CONTACT Peter Wedderburn; 0208 8288 8575;; COST £23/£25 E/D NO

VENUE Rother Valley Country Park, Mansfield Road, Sheffield, 10am CONTACT Mark Caswell; 0797 783 1519;; www.mccpromotions. com; COST £16 C/D 29/9 E/D YES




VENUE Limpsfield Common, Off Westerham Road, Oxted, 10:30am CONTACT Wendy Wilson; wendy.wilson@; COST £13/£15 E/D NO SUSSEX

VENUE Grewelthorpe Village Hall, Grewlethorpe, Ripon, 11am CONTACT Sean Mckeag; COST £12/£14 C/D 1/10 E/D NO





VENUE Shugborough Estate, Stafford, 11am CONTACT James Lunney; 01785 270 808; jlunney@khhospice.; COST £8/£10 C/D 30/9 E/D YES. £15



VENUE Slinfold Cricket Club, Slinfold, Horsham, 11am CONTACT Cliff Comber; 01403 250 376; 07774 286 456;; www.Sussex COST £10 C/D 26/9 E/D YES, +£5 •TRAIL •URBAN •RURAL


VENUE Heron Way School, Heron Way, Horsham, 11am CONTACT Andrew Brown; COST £12 E/D YES, +£6 •ROAD •RURAL •FLAT


VENUE Saltdean, Undercliff Path, Saltdean, 10:15am CONTACT Julie Hales; 01273 911 214; fundraising@; COST £22 C/D 24/9 E/D YES, +£8 WEST MIDLANDS •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Enville Hall Estates, Enville, Stourbridge, 10:30am CONTACT andrew sheppard; 07973 270 768;; www. 6998022 COST £12/£14 E/D YES. £15 WILTSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Wyvern College, Laverstock, Salisbury, 10:30am CONTACT JJ Heath-Caldwell; 01962 761 565; 07831 391 532;; www. COST £30 C/D 1/9 E/D YES, +£5





VENUE Escot Estate, Ottery St Mary, Exeter, 7am CONTACT Simon Blackburn;; COST £97/£101 C/D 1/10 E/D NO LANCASHIRE •ROAD •RURAL •FLAT


VENUE Valiants Equestrian Centre, Lancaster Rd, Out Rawcliffe., Preston, 10:30am CONTACT alan taylor; 07850 684 162; COST £16/£18 C/D 5/10 E/D YES, +£2 LONDON •TRAIL •FLAT


VENUE Linford Christie Stadium, Wormwood Scrubs, DuCane Road, Acton, 10:30am CONTACT Mark Caswell; 0797 783 1519;; www. COST £13 E/D YES NOTTINGHAMSHIRE •TRAIL •URBAN •RURAL


VENUE Victoria Embankment, Nottingham, 10am CONTACT Rat Race Events;; www. COST £55 E/D NO OXFORDSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Frieth CEC School, Frieth, 10am CONTACT Diane Hill; 07715 303 563; 07715 303 563; applications@; COST £12/£14 C/D 8/10 E/D YES. £16

10/15 RUNNER’S WORLD 121



Going the distance October’s 214 events broken down by distance

VENUE Marriott’s Way, Aylsham, 11am CONTACT Maria Alborough; 01603 430 570;; COST £12/£14 C/D 4/10 E/D YES, +£3 NORTHUMBERLAND



VENUE York, 9:30am CONTACT 0113 826 7761; info@; www.theyorkshiremarathon. com COST £26/£28 E/D NO


Half marathon





VENUE Matfen, Hexham, 10am CONTACT Richard Hunter; 07545 140 810; 07468 416 900;; COST £12.50/£14.50 C/D 5/10 E/D YES. £15/£17.50 OXFORDSHIRE •TRAIL •URBAN •RURAL


10K Marathon





VENUE Henley Rugby Club, Dry Leas, Marlow Road, Henley-On-Thames, 9:30am CONTACT Peter Wilkinson; 01491 572 818; 07730 766 941;; Henley Half Marathon COST £25 C/D 28/9 E/D YES, +£5 SCOTLAND •ROAD •FLAT






VENUE Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, 4pm CONTACT GSi Events Ltd; COST £9.99/£11.99 E/D NO

VENUE Shaftesbury School, Hawkesdene Lane, Shaftesbury, 11am CONTACT Inès Braun; 01935 816 396 [eve];; www.goldhill10k. COST £6/£8 C/D 3/10 E/D YES, +£2






VENUE Milford Common, Brocton Road, Stafford, 11am CONTACT Mash Running;; COST £13.50 C/D 5/10 E/D NO

VENUE National Trust Visitors Centre, Knoll Beach car park, Studland Bay, Off Ferry Road (B3351), Studland, 11am CONTACT Victoria Turner; victoria.turner@; COST £18 C/D 2/10 E/D YES, +£12




VENUE Loseley Park, Guildford, 9am CONTACT Neil Thubron;; COST £48 E/D NO SUSSEX


VENUE Madeira Drive, Brighton, 11am CONTACT Challenger World; COST £26 E/D NO TYNE & WEAR •TRAIL


VENUE Newcastle Racecourse, Newcastle, 7am CONTACT Helen wright; 0845 130 8663; uk; COST £32 C/D 19/9 E/D NO WEST MIDLANDS •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Aldridge Airport, Bosty Lane, Walsall, 10:30am CONTACT Anne Herold; 07729 278 003;; aldridgepoppyrun COST £10 C/D 8/10 E/D YES





VENUE Grantchester, Cambridge, 10:30am CONTACT Steve Wilson; 0845 0200 350; 07825 815 891; steve@; COST £15 C/D 4/10 E/D YES, +£5 •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Grantchester Meadows, 57 Broadway, Grantchester, Cambridge, 10:30am CONTACT Steve Wilson; 07825 815 891;; www. COST £12 E/D YES, +£3 •ROAD •URBAN •FLAT


VENUE Town Hall, Bridge Street, Peterborough, 10:30am CONTACT Susan Ellingworth; 01733 207 210;; www. COST £23/£25 C/D 2/10 E/D NO DERBYSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Errwood Reservoir, Buxton, 8:30am CONTACT Oliver Holmes;; trailrunningpeaks. COST £12.50 C/D 1/10 E/D YES, +£3 •ROAD •URBAN •RURAL


VENUE University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, 9am CONTACT Events Team; 01773 841 423; events@; COST £23/£25 C/D 11/9 E/D NO

122 RUNNER’S WORLD 10/15




VENUE Mallards Pike, Nr Parkend, Coleford Forest Of Dean, 10am CONTACT Andy Maxted; 07779 405 574;; COST £15 C/D 9/10 E/D YES, +£5 GREATER LONDON •TRAIL •URBAN •RURAL


VENUE Willett Recreation Ground, Crossways, Petts Wood, 10:30am CONTACT Richard Dunstan; 01689 870 010; 07916 329 024; www. COST £16/£18 C/D 28/9 E/D NO HERTFORDSHIRE



VENUE Worthy Farm, Pilton, 11am CONTACT Julia Dukes;; festival-run.html COST £11/£13 E/D NO SURREY •ROAD •URBAN •FLAT


VENUE Kingston Upon Thames, 8am CONTACT Human Race; 0208 391 3913; races@humanrace.; COST TBC E/D NO



VENUE Julie Rose Stadium, Willesborough Road, Ashford, 10am CONTACT Barry Hopkins; 01227 722 931;; www.sportingeventsuk. com COST £15/£17 E/D YES, +£5 LEICESTERSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Snibston Country Park, Ashby Road, Coalville, 10:30am CONTACT Martin Burke; 01797 230 009; martin@; COST £12/£14 C/D 4/10 E/D YES, +£2 LINCOLNSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Eaton Community Park, Main Street, Eaton, 11am CONTACT Stephanie Janney; 01476 870 861 [eve];; Eaton Stampede on Facebook COST £7.50/£10 C/D 3/10 E/D YES, £12/£15 NORFOLK •TRAIL •RURAL



STUART LEARMOUTH MEMORIAL UNDULATOR VENUE Stoney Wood, B5023, Wirksworth, 10:30am CONTACT Andrew Rose; 07766 457 649; andrew_d_; racing/undulator-stuart-learmouth-memorial/ COST £5/£7 C/D 15/10 E/D YES KENT •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE The Hop Farm Family Park, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, 5:30pm CONTACT Parkinson’s Events; 020 7932 1314;; www.parkinsons. COST £23/£25 E/D YES. £30 LINCOLNSHIRE



VENUE Hyde Park, Westminster, London, 9:30am CONTACT Andrea Magold; 07426 946 927; info@; COST £18/£20 C/D 16/10 E/D NO



VENUE Brighton Marina, Brighton, 9am CONTACT Sam Lambourne; 01273 675 717;; COST £15/£18 C/D 6/10 E/D YES. £20




VENUE Sutton Park, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield, 11am CONTACT martin smith; 07774 851 466; msmith1966@sky. com; COST £12 C/D 4/10 E/D YES, +£3

VENUE Castle Ground, Tamworth, 10:30am CONTACT paul griffin; 07947 698 147;; COST £18/£20 C/D 1/10 E/D YES, £20


VENUE Delamere Forest Park Delamere, Northwich, 10am CONTACT Trail Plus; 03332 400 616; 03332 400 616; info@ COST TBC E/D NO

VENUE Chichester College, Westgate Fields, Chichester, 9am CONTACT Emily Dadson; +44124 353 8530; chihalf@; COST £26/£27 C/D 8/10 E/D NO


VENUE Isle of Wight Community Club, 195 Park Road, Cowes, 11:30am CONTACT Christopher Lewis; 01983 616 497;; COST £14/£17 C/D 3/10 E/D YES, +£3 •ROAD •URBAN












VENUE Mud Monsters, Stuart Way, East Grinstead, 9am CONTACT Rebecca Large;; COST TBC E/D YES, £45 unaffiliated

VENUE Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, 10am CONTACT Ruth Proudfoot; 01442 820 740; herts10k@; COST £22 E/D NO

VENUE Hyde Park, London, 8:30am CONTACT Devina Ganas; 020 7398 3453;; www. COST - E/D NO

VENUE Swallow Inn, Swallow, 11am CONTACT Nicola Clifford; 07919 603 800; 07919 603 800; info@tape2tape.; COST £19/£21 E/D NO




VENUE The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, 10am CONTACT Robert McCaffrey; greensand COST £43/£45 E/D NO

VENUE Tring Park Cricket Club, Tring, 10am CONTACT Judi Hopcroft;; COST £8/£10 C/D 9/10 E/D YES, +£3 •TRAIL •RURAL










VENUE Chalke Valley Sports Centre, Knighton Road, Broad Chalke, 10:30am CONTACT Mchaela Johns; 01722 780 915;; www. COST £10/£11 E/D YES, +£3 •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Marshfield Cricket Club, Marshfield, Chippenham, 10:30am CONTACT David Bethune; mudlark@; www.corshamrunningclub. COST £8/£10 C/D 26/9 E/D YES, +£2 •ROAD •URBAN •RURAL


VENUE Pipers Way, Swindon, 10:30am CONTACT Katie Taylor-Neale; 01737 814 844 [day]; 07867 358 708 [eve];; www.swindonhalfmarathon. COST £23/£25 C/D 1/9 E/D NO •TRAIL •RURAL •FLAT


VENUE White Horse Country Park, Westbury, 11am CONTACT Jarvis MacDonald; Secretary@westburylions.; COST £8 E/D YES, +£2




VENUE Berwick-upon-tweed, 8am CONTACT Tim Bateson; 07734 309 500;; www. COST £110 C/D 1/9 E/D NO NOTTINGHAMSHIRE •TRAIL


VENUE Clumber Park, Blythe Road, Nottingham, Noon CONTACT Linda Hamilton; 01427 718 888; info@; COST - E/D NO SUFFOLK •TRAIL •RURAL •FLAT


VENUE West Stow Country Park, Bury St Edmunds, 11am CONTACT Kevin Marshall; 07955 495 016; 01284 716 483;; www.positivestepspt. COST £28/£30 C/D 1/10 E/D NO •TRAIL •RURAL •FLAT


VENUE West Stow Country Park, Bury St Edmunds, 8am CONTACT Kevin Marshall; 44795 549 5016; kevin@; kings-forest-50km-2/ COST £28/£30 C/D 1/10 E/D NO SURREY •TRAIL •RURAL •HILLY


VENUE Polesden Lacey, Greak Bookham, Dorking, 9:30am CONTACT Becky Russell; 01483 720 459;; COST - E/D NO •TRAIL •URBAN •RURAL •FLAT


VENUE Ham Street, Richmond, 9:30am CONTACT David Krangel; 020 8144 0797; 07919 141 534;; COST £20 C/D 1/10 E/D NO YORKSHIRE •TRAIL •URBAN •RURAL


VENUE Dearne Valley College Sports, Manvers Park, Wath, Rotherham, 6am CONTACT Sharon Burton; 07746 625 309;; www. COST £13/£15 E/D YES, £18






VENUE Ampthill Park, Woburn St, Ampthill, 11am CONTACT David Stanley; 07740 737 445; RaceDirector@; COST £8/£10 E/D YES, £12 •ROAD •RURAL •FLAT


VENUE Bedford Autodrome, Thurleigh Airfield Business Park, Thurleigh, Bedford, 10am CONTACT Keith Ritchie; 07539 213 097;; COST £15 E/D YES, +£5 CAMBRIDGESHIRE •ROAD •RURAL •FLAT


VENUE Marshland High School, West Walton, Wisbech, 10:30am CONTACT Tom Salway; 01406 425 567; 07443 509 406;; fenlandrunningclub. COST £14/£16 C/D 16/10 E/D YES, +£2 CHESHIRE •ROAD •RURAL


VENUE Farndon Sports & Social Club, Farndon, Chester, 9:30am CONTACT Michael Harrington; 07443 500 475;; COST £11/£13 E/D YES, +£2



VENUE Clissold Park, Green Lanes, London, 10am CONTACT Craig Thornton; 07740 554 190; info@; COST - E/D NO

VENUE Worthing Rowing Club, Splash Point, Marine Parade, Worthing, 11am CONTACT Mark Caswell; 0797 783 1519;; www. COST £13 C/D 13/10 E/D YES




VENUE Bandstand, Clapham Common, Clapham, 10am CONTACT Running Team; 0845 257 1160; running@; enter-a-race.html COST £17.75 C/D 12/10 E/D YES, +£2.25 •ROAD •URBAN •RURAL •FLAT






VENUE Llandegfedd Reservoir, New Inn, Pontypool, 10am CONTACT Christine Vorres; 01495 758 831; 07714 136 714;; www.pontypoolrunners. COST £12/£14 C/D 14/10 E/D YES WEST MIDLANDS

VENUE Barn Elms Sports Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, London, 9am CONTACT Race Secretary admin@; COST £19/£21 E/D YES. £35




VENUE Bushy Park, Hampton, London, 10am CONTACT Martin Burke; 01797 230 009; uk; COST £11/£13 C/D 10/3 E/D YES, +£2 MERSEYSIDE

VENUE Birmingham, 10:30am CONTACT Great Run;; COST £35 E/D NO

VENUE Grittleton Village Hall, Grittleton, Chippenham, 10:30am CONTACT Race Director; info@cadence-events.; COST £12/£14 C/D 9/10 E/D NO


VENUE Stanpit Recreation Ground, Christchurch, 9:30am CONTACT Claire Smith; 07968 976 116; info@rundorset.; COST £16/£18 E/D YES, +£2


VENUE Leighton Recreation Centre, Wellhead Lane, Westbury, 10am CONTACT Entries Secretary;; www.stampedesports. COST TBC



VENUE The Pavilion, The Esplanade, Weymouth, 9:30am CONTACT Damian Summerscales; 07795 485 525;; COST £13/£15 C/D 16/10 E/D YES, +£2 ESSEX •ROAD •URBAN •RURAL


VENUE Shire Hall, Tindal Square, Chelmsford, 11am CONTACT Lucy Burgess; 01245 475 474; marathon@; COST – HAMPSHIRE •ROAD •RURAL •HILLY


VENUE 1st Denmead Scout Group HQ, Kidmore Lane, Denmead, 10am CONTACT Paul Hiles; denmead10k@; COST £11/£13 C/D 5/10 E/D NO. Prices TBC •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Ocknell Caravan Park & Campsite, Fritham, Lyndhurst, 10am CONTACT New Forest Stinger; trc.; uk/#!stinger/ca3a COST £13/£15 C/D 9/10 E/D YES, +£2



VENUE Frieth CEC School, Frieth, Henley-on-thames, 10am CONTACT Diane Hill; 07715 303 563; applications@; COST £12/£14 C/D 1/10 E/D YES. £16 •ROAD


VENUE Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, 10:30am CONTACT Chris Wallworth;; COST £14 C/D 11/10 E/D YES, +£3


VENUE Hurst Leisure Centre, Brimpton Road, Baughurst, 10am CONTACT Barrie Tribe; 01189 816 735; 07771 609 509;; COST £14/£16 E/D YES, +£1 HEREFORDSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL •HILLY


VENUE Eastnor Castle Estate, Eastnor, Ledbury, 11am CONTACT Kate Watson; 01782 384 165; 07879 666 321;; COST TBC C/D 2/10 E/D NO LANCASHIRE •ROAD •URBAN •FLAT


VENUE Green Drive, Ballam Road, Lytham, 11am CONTACT Mark Selby; 07854 416 813; 44785 441 6813;; mark_selby/cI2FFX COST £10/£12 C/D 15/10 E/D YES LINCOLNSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Lincoln - Sleaford, Lincoln, 9:30am CONTACT Donna Sutton; 01522 870 273;; COST £18 C/D 12/10 E/D YES, +£3 LONDON •ROAD •FLAT


VENUE The Hub, Regents Park, London, 10am CONTACT Shirelle S; 020 7034 0303; uk; COST £10 C/D 15/10 E/D YES, +£10



VENUE Parkhurst Forest, Forest Road, Newport, 7pm CONTACT Gareth Shilton;; www. COST £7.50 C/D 10/10 E/D YES, +£2.50







VENUE Kinloch Rannoch, Kinloch, 9:30am CONTACT Richard Hunter; 07545 140 810;; COST £29/£31 C/D 20/9 E/D YES, +£11 SUFFOLK


VENUE Carlton Park Recreational Club, Saxmundham, 11am CONTACT Ann Granger; 01728 831 485; 07875 047 899;; uk COST £10/£12 C/D 12/10 E/D YES, +£2 SURREY •TRAIL •URBAN •RURAL •FLAT


VENUE Fairoaks Airport, Woking, 10:30am CONTACT Ellie Barnes; 07872 805 883;; www. COST £14/£16 E/D YES, +£2 •TRAIL •RURAL •HILLY


VENUE Loseley House, Compton Lane, Guildford, 9am CONTACT Rory Macpherson; 07863 137 132; rory.; COST TBC E/D YES, £30 •ROAD •URBAN •RURAL


VENUE Lloyd Park Avenue, Croydon, 10:15am CONTACT Martin Burke; 01797 230 009; uk; COST £13/£15 C/D 15/10 E/D YES, £20 •TRAIL •URBAN •RURAL •FLAT


VENUE Walton Bridge, Walton-on-Thames, 8:30am CONTACT Roy Reeder; 020 8941 4015;; www. COST £27/£29 E/D NO SUSSEX •ROAD •URBAN •FLAT

VENUE Bushy Park, Hampton, 10am CONTACT Martin Burke; 01797 230 009;; www. COST £16/£18 C/D 14/10 E/D YES, £20

VENUE Brighton And Hove, 9am CONTACT Runbase Limited;; COST £27/£29 E/D NO

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VENUE Edinburgh, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, 10am CONTACT Rat Race Events;; COST £55 E/D NO





VENUE Wythenshawe Sports Ground, Willenhall Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, 1pm CONTACT Sam Drinkwater; 07952 979 688;; COST £20 C/D 18/10 E/D YES, +£5








VENUE Withington Manor Estate, Withington, Cheltenham, 10am CONTACT Andy Maxted; 01452 712 508; 07779 405 574;; www. COST £25 C/D 22/10 E/D YES, +£5

VENUE Marlings School, Cainscross Road, Stroud, 10am CONTACT Steve Elliott; 01935 426 779; 07815 121 548;; COST £20/£22 E/D NO HAMPSHIRE •ROAD •URBAN •FLAT

VENUE Croxteth Country Park, croxteth, Liverpool, 10am CONTACT Joanne Moody;; COST £13/£15 E/D NO







VENUE Royal Hotel, London Road, Purfleet, 11am CONTACT Mark Caswell; 0797 783 1519; mark.caswell1@; COST £13 C/D 20/10 E/D YES









VENUE Shillingstone Church Centre, Shillingstone, Blandford Forum, 10:30am CONTACT Tracey Horan; 07933 327 328;; www. COST £12/£14 E/D YES, +£2



VENUE Exton Park, Exton, Noon CONTACT David Chapman; 07512 659 660;; www. COST £70 E/D NO LONDON •ROAD •FLAT


VENUE Rosery Car Park, Battersea Park, London, 8am CONTACT Shankara Smith; 0207 222 1314; 07734 298 024;; races/london COST £8/£10 C/D 17/10 E/D YES, +£1 SUFFOLK •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Dunwich, 7am CONTACT James Barker; 01548 312 314;; www.endurancelife. com/event-new.asp?series=82 COST £30 E/D NO SURREY •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Chantries Woodlands, Pilgrims Way, Guildford, 6pm CONTACT Becky Russell; 01483 720 459;; COST £12 E/D NO WALES •TRAIL •RURAL •HILLY


VENUE Llanberis, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55, UK, 10.30am CONTACT, snow COST £30/£32 E/D – YORKSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL •HILLY


VENUE Parkwood 4x4, Tong, Bradford, 11am CONTACT The PainBarrier;; COST £20 E/D NO CUMBRIA




VENUE Appleby Sports Centre, Battlebarrow, Appleby, 10:30am CONTACT Jane Oakley; 07886 088 938; j.o@; 393&ClubID=1129 COST £20/£22 C/D 11/9 E/D YES, +£3 DORSET •TRAIL •RURAL •HILLY



VENUE Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, 10:35am CONTACT Nova International; info@greatrun. org; COST £41 E/D NO HERTFORDSHIRE •ROAD •URBAN •RURAL


VENUE Chorleywood Working Mens’ Club, Shepherds Lane, Mill End, Rickmansworth, 10:30am CONTACT Ricky Road Run Team;; www. COST £16/£18 E/D YES, +£4 KENT •ROAD •RURAL


VENUE Stocks Green School, Leigh Road, Tonbridge, 10am CONTACT Sandie HawkinsS; 07980 705 961;; www.runningandriding. COST £12/£14 C/D 25/10 E/D YES, £15 LANCASHIRE •ROAD •URBAN •RURAL

ACCRINGTON 10K VENUE Accrington Cricket Club, Thorneyholme Road, Accrington, 10am CONTACT 07720 081 022 COST £11/£13 C/D 20/10 E/D YES, +£2 LINCOLNSHIRE •ROAD •URBAN •RURAL •FLAT


VENUE Market Place, Brigg, 11am CONTACT Paul Elsom; 07788 292 692;; www.brigg10k. COST £15/£17 C/D 11/10 E/D NO LONDON •TRAIL


VENUE Richmond Park, Race starts in the park adjacent to the car park at the Sheen Gate entrance., London, 10am CONTACT Martin Burke; 01797 230 572; martin@; COST £16/£18 C/D 21/10 E/D YES, £20 NORTHUMBERLAND •ROAD •RURAL

RUN NORTHUMBERLAND CASTLES MARATHON (+) VENUE Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh, 9am CONTACT Richard Hunter; 07545 140 810; richard@teamdecathlon. com; COST £34/£36 E/D NO OXFORDSHIRE •ROAD •RURAL


VENUE Fringford Village Hall, Fringford, 11am CONTACT Emilie Fidler; 07815 872 930; Emilie.fidler@gmail. com; COST TBC SCOTLAND



VENUE NTS Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Culloden, Inverness, 11am CONTACT Paul Corrigan; 01463 713 433; 0300 121 2777;; www. COST £21 C/D 18/10 E/D NO SHROPSHIRE



VENUE Bridgnorth, 11am CONTACT Andrew Daviees; COST £10/£12 C/D 20/10 E/D YES, +£2 SOMERSET



VENUE Shepton Mallet Leisure Centre, Whitstone Community School, 11 Charlton Road, Shepton Mallet, 10am CONTACT Emma Warr; 01823 410 228 [day];; COST £12/£14 E/D YES, +£2






VENUE Ickworth House, The Rotunda, Bury St Edmunds, 10am CONTACT Ashley Edwards; info@; www.insaneterrainrunning. com COST £18 E/D YES, +£2 SUSSEX


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VENUE K2 Crawley, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, 10:30am CONTACT Martin Burke; 01797 230 009; 07802 603 180;; COST £13/£15 E/D YES, +£2 WALES



VENUE Butchers Arms, Tegryn, Llanfyrnach, 10am CONTACT Floyd James; 01239 698 352; 07772 227 964; COST £5 E/D YES •TRAIL •URBAN •RURAL •HILLY


VENUE The Square, Llanwrtyd Wells, 11am CONTACT Catherine Ketteringham; 01591 610 666; ron_skilton_half_; COST £10 C/D 10/10 E/D YES, +£2 WARWICKSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket & Sports Club, Swans Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-avon, 9am CONTACT Christopher Seeney; 07982 240 521; Seeney [eve]; 01386 642 186;; www. COST £25/£27 C/D 19/8 E/D NO •ROAD •RURAL •HILLY


VENUE Ilmington Sports & Social Club, Mickleton Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, 10:30am CONTACT Sarah Bland; 07540 287 781; 01789 267 337; 07717 795 333 - Rob; info@; COST £10/£12 E/D YES, +£2 YORKSHIRE



VENUE Holmfirth Community Sports Centre, Heys Rd, Holmfirth, 9:35am CONTACT Dene Townend;; club-events-a-results COST £17/£19 E/D YES, +£2




VENUE Alexandra Park, Mountbatten centre, Portsmouth, 6:45pm CONTACT rob piggott; 07780 675 747;; https:// TheGhostRace4Spooktacular2015 COST £17 E/D YES, +£8 LEICESTERSHIRE; COST £15 E/D YES, +£5 •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Newport Village hall, Station Road, Newport, 8:30am CONTACT hannah osborne; info@trailscape.; COST £40 E/D NO NOTTINGHAMSHIRE •ROAD


VENUE The National Water Sports Centre, Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont, 5pm CONTACT Parkinson’s Events; 020 7932 1314;; www. COST £23/£25 E/D YES. £30 SHROPSHIRE •TRAIL


VENUE Burroughs Bank, Lightmoor, Telford, 9am CONTACT Denzil Martin; 07585 001 006; denzil@codrc.; COST £28/£30 E/D NO SURREY



VENUE Oaks Park Tea Rooms, Croydon Lane, Banstead, 7pm CONTACT David Ross; 0798 454 0177; info@; COST £12/£14 C/D 28/10 E/D YES. £18 BERKSHIRE




VENUE The Lookout, Discovery Park, Swinley Forest, Bracknell, 10am CONTACT David Krangel; 020 8144 0797; 07919 141 534;; com/ COST £20 C/D 25/10 E/D NO •TRAIL


VENUE The Lookout, Discovery Park, Swinley Forest, Bracknell, 10am CONTACT David Krangel; 020 8144 0797; 07919 141 534;; com/ COST £25 C/D 25/10 E/D NO BUCKINGHAMSHIRE •ROAD •RURAL


VENUE Marlow Sports Club, Pound Lane, Marlow, 9:30am CONTACT Marlow Half Marathon; marlowhalf@; COST £16/£18 C/D 22/10 E/D YES. £20 •ROAD •RURAL


VENUE Marlow Sports Club (To be Confirmed), Pound Lane, Marlow, 9:30am CONTACT Marlow Half Marathon;; www. COST £22/£24 C/D 22/10 E/D YES. £28.50 CAMBRIDGESHIRE





VENUE Lower Car Park, The Beacon Hill Country Park, Breakback Lane, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough, 7:30pm CONTACT Gaynor Prior; 0800 298 7376; 0796 883 6549;; www.theskeletonrun. COST £20 E/D NO

VENUE Fassage Hall, Lode, Cambridge, 10am CONTACT Tessa Shrubbs; 01223 811 812;; www. COST £21/£23 C/D 24/10 E/D YES, £25







VENUE The Bandstand, Hyde Park, London, 12:30pm CONTACT Malcolm French; 020 8422 3900; Mlfotm5k@; lfotm5k.html COST £2/£4 C/D 16/10 E/D NO BERKSHIRE




VENUE Water Meadow, Thames Valley Park, Reading, 8pm CONTACT Cliff Hilton; 07774 754 141; cliff.hilton@; COST £14/£16 C/D 27/10 E/D NO BUCKINGHAMSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Victory Cross, Lord Mayors Drive, Farnham Common, 10:30am CONTACT Michael Mills; 07850 484 872; 01753 642 330; michael.mills@burnhambeechesrun.; COST £14 C/D 28/10 E/D YES, +£2 CUMBRIA

VENUE Keswick School, Keswick, Noon CONTACT Phil Winskill; 01768 744 803 [eve]; derwentwater10@gmail. com; COST £12/£14 C/D 24/10 E/D NO ESSEX



VENUE Hannakins Farm Community Centre, Rosebay Avenue, Billericay, 9:45am CONTACT Janet and John Pardon; 01277 840 224;; www. COST £11/£13 C/D 24/10 E/D YES, +£2 GLOUCESTERSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE National Star, Ullenwood, Cheltenham, 1pm CONTACT Nina Bartlett; 01242 524 478 [day]; afletcher@; COST £28 C/D 24/10 E/D NO HEREFORDSHIRE





VENUE Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, Keswick, 7:30pm CONTACT Gaynor Prior; 0800 298 7376; 0796 883 6549;

VENUE Near ASDA, Belmont Road, Hereford, 9am CONTACT Nathan Poolton; dorstonerunner@hotmail. com; COST £13 C/D 13/10 E/D NO



VENUE Regent’s Park, Start location is near The Hub, London, 9:10am CONTACT Martin Burke; 01797 230 009;; COST £15/£17 C/D 27/10 E/D YES. £20 •ROAD •FLAT


VENUE Richmond Park, Richmond, 10am CONTACT COST £15/£25 E/D YES SHROPSHIRE



VENUE Burroughs Bank, Lightmoor, Telford, 10am CONTACT Denzil Martin;; www.codrc. COST £160/£165 C/D 30/10 E/D YES. £180/£192 SOMERSET

VENUE Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, Bitton, Bristol, 9am CONTACT Tony King; donna@; www.aspirerunningevents. COST £9.50/£11.50 E/D YES, +£2 GREATER MANCHESTER •TRAIL •URBAN •FLAT


VENUE Etihad Stadium, Manchester, 10am CONTACT Rat Race;; COST £55 E/D NO HAMPSHIRE •ROAD

RUN FOR HOT CHOCOLATE - 5KM SOUTHAMPTON VENUE Southampton Common, Southampton, 11am CONTACT Martyn Edwards; 07909 915 444; enquiries@; COST £25 E/D NO HERTFORDSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL



VENUE The Grand Pier, Marine Parade, Weston-supermare, 8am CONTACT Jarad Collard; vicky@freakevents.; COST £27.50/£29.50 E/D NO STAFFORDSHIRE •ROAD •RURAL


VENUE All Saints First School, Standon, 10:30am CONTACT Thomas Johnson;; COST £12/£14 C/D 25/9 E/D YES, +£2

DRUID CHALLENGE RIDGEWAY ULTRA 82, 2015 (3 DAY MULTI-STAGE) VENUE Ivinghoe Beacon, Tring, 10am CONTACT Brian Thubron; 07801 244 628; ; www. COST £55 E/D NO LONDON



VENUE Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, 9:30am CONTACT Craig Thornton; 07740 554 190; 07740 554 190;; COST - E/D NO NOTTINGHAMSHIRE





VENUE Weston Park, Weston-under-lizard, 10:15am CONTACT Ryan Talbot; 07812 858 355; info@; COST TBC SUSSEX





VENUE Village Centre, Main Street, Beckley, Rye, 11am CONTACT Martin Burke; 01797 230 009; info@nice-work.; COST £13/£15 C/D 27/10 E/D YES, +£2 TYNE & WEAR •ROAD


VENUE Exhibition Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 9:30am CONTACT George Routledge; ntmmnevacsec2013@; COST £17/£19 C/D 25/10 E/D NO WALES


VENUE Helix Park, The Kelpies, Grangemouth, 7pm CONTACT GSi Events Ltd. Events Ltd.; info@gsi-events. com; COST £13.99/£15.99 E/D NO •TRAIL


VENUE Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, 10am CONTACT David Krangel; 020 8144 0797; 07919 141 534;; COST £20 C/D 1/11 E/D NO SURREY





VENUE Abergele Leisure Centre, Faenol Avenue, Abergele, 1pm CONTACT sean mccormack; 07774 948 596;; Abergele5.Abergele COST £8/£10 C/D 28/10 E/D YES, +£2 YORKSHIRE



VENUE Marsden CC, Mount Road, Huddersfield, 8am CONTACT wane law; 01484 599 123; 07717 711 343; info@; COST £45 C/D 15/10 E/D YES, +£15 CHESHIRE

VENUE Sherwood Pines, Nottingham, Noon CONTACT Linda Hamilton; 01427 718 888; info@onestepbeyond.; COST £15/£17 C/D 24/10 E/D YES, +£5




VENUE Delamere Forest Visitor Centre, Delamere, 7pm CONTACT Chris Kitchin; COST £25 E/D NO •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Maple Lodge, May Queen Field Drive, Pepper Street, Lymm, 7am CONTACT Kieran Walshe;; uk/warrington-way/ COST £25/£27 E/D NO DERBYSHIRE •ROAD •FLAT


VENUE Queen’s Park, Cricket Pavilion, Chesterfield, 9:30am CONTACT John Cannon; 01246 566 458; 07902 249 316;; northderbyshirerc. COST £3/£5 E/D ONLY GLOUCESTERSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL



VENUE YMCA Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston, 10am CONTACT David Ross; 0798 454 0177; ; COST £27/£29 C/D 2/11 E/D YES. £35 YORKSHIRE



VENUE Goathland, 9am CONTACT Jonathan Steele; 01937 830 677; 07909 797 872;; COST £30 E/D NO •TRAIL


VENUE Roundhay Park, Leeds, 10am CONTACT David Krangel; 020 8144 0797; 07919 141 534;; COST £20 C/D 1/11 E/D NO DERBYSHIRE



PEAK DISTRICT TRAIL RUNNING SERIES - 4 (+) VENUE Thornbridge Outdoors, Bakewell, 8:30am CONTACT Oliver Holmes;; COST £12.50 C/D 1/11 E/D YES, +£3 GLOUCESTERSHIRE •TRAIL •RURAL


VENUE Chipping Sodbury, 11am CONTACT racedir@; COST TBC E/D NO LONDON



VENUE Cowley Recreation Ground, Uxbridge, 10am CONTACT Claire Donald; 01494 630 759; info@; COST £21/£23 C/D 2/11 E/D YES, +£3

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Steve Swanson The NASA astronaut, 54, on running in space and what happens to sweat in zero gravity I didn’t run much in high school, but then my dad got into it. I started to stay in

shape and spend time with him. Getting out on trails helped me enjoy running. I like hiking, so when I put

the two together, I realised I could go for hours. I wasn’t good at first, and I’m still not that fast, but I’m happy. There’s a treadmill on the International Space Station because exercising is a requirement. It’s suggested we work

out for two hours every day to counteract the loss of bone density and muscle caused by being in space. Staying in good shape will help you be better on board and when you get back home. All the astronauts run. Michael Hopkins

‘Back on earth your body has to relearn how to run

You have to wear a harness on the treadmill to hold you down; otherwise you’d float off. We attach a system

of bungees and carabiners on both sides, which determines the weight of the harness. That way, you’re running with close to your body weight. Running under your full body weight would be too heavy. Imagine carrying an 86kg pack. I started out wearing 52kg and worked up to 63.5kg. It’s a little easier on your legs as you run, but more difficult on your shoulders and your back. That’s why

course. Once I got word that it was my turn, I simply hopped on the treadmill. I think I did 36 miles in total. As a team, we completed the 200 miles in 28:56:59. While we raced, the space station orbited 18 times and travelled 500,000 miles. They don’t let you run for almost two weeks after you get back. That’s because

the core and some of the other ligaments

do that, it just hangs there. I did the 200-mile Wild West Relay in Colorado twice on earth and once in orbit. I ran my sections of it in space,

and my five teammates ran the actual 130 RUNNER’S WORLD 10/15

Back on earth, your body has to relearn how to run. I find lifting my legs is much

more difficult at first. I start off on the treadmill, which is softer than being on the road, and I just do half a mile. If that works fine, the next day I go up to a mile. We just work our way into it.


I got into doing intervals; you can get a lot done in a short period of time. Without gravity, sweat pools on your skin and it doesn’t come off until you wipe it away with a towel. If you don’t

and tendons haven’t been worked out as much as you’d like. You’ve got to give them time to get back up to working speed.

Shoes I’ve worn standard and minimal sneakers. Now I’m in Hoka One One with the big cushions. They’re like moon shoes.

Race I’ve finished the 52-mile Bighorn Mountain Trail Run in Wyoming three times. You’re taken to the other side of the mountain range and then you run back.

Running tunes I like the band Walk the Moon. Their songs Anna Sun and Jenny really get me going.


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runs fast, hard and long. And Sunita Williams ran the Boston Marathon up there. [She began at the same time as the race and wore an official number.]

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